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7 Mets trades that won the 1986 World Series

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Maybe the best trade of all for the Mets brought them Gary Carter

A finishing touch for the Mets, Gary Carter came to the team before the 1985 season. They had already brought in Orosco for the bullpen, Darling and Fernandez for the pitching staff, and had Hernandez and Knight at the corners. It wasn’t enough. They needed a general behind the plate. Who better than the well-respect man known as “The Kid?”

Carter would have his best statistical season for the Mets in 1985 but it was in 1986 when he went from sixth in the MVP to third. Carter blasted 24 regular season home runs and knocked in 105.

Although his slash numbers all dipped, he still hit a solid .255/.337/.439. And in the postseason, he was clutch in the World Series.

Carter hit two home runs against the Red Sox in the series. His biggest moment, however, would come with a single with two outs in the bottom of the tenth in Game 6. It was this hit that would keep the Mets alive and allow them to come back and defeat Boston.

There’s no question Carter was a much-needed addition to the Mets. The longtime Montreal Expos catcher would end up making the Hall of Fame many years later. Even if it’s those Montreal seasons when he was at his best, Carter’s greatest impact on the game came as a member of the 1986 Mets.

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