Chris Carter (left-handed hitter)
Carter with the New York Mets
September 16, 1982 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|June 5, 2008 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||28|
William Christopher "Chris" Carter (born September 16, 1982), nicknamed "Animal", is an American former professional baseball infielder and outfielder who most recently played for the Saitama Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball.
Carter attended De La Salle High School in Concord, California, and graduated in 2001. He hit for a batting average of .571 and led the league in home runs as a senior, and was named his team's MVP. He also was named a 2001 Preseason First Team All-American by Baseball America and Bay Valley Athletic League MVP in 2001.
He was twice selected as North Coast Section High School Sports Focus Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2000, '01) and earned honorable mention All-American honors from USA Today as a junior in 2000.
His father, Bill Carter, was his high school coach.
Carter attended Stanford University, where he majored in human biology and was Pre-Med, graduating in just three years. He was awarded Stanford's Most Valuable Freshman Award in 2002 and helped the Cardinal to the final eight in the 2002 College World Series and 2003 College World Series. He was mainly a designated hitter for the team, and played some outfield as well.
In 2004, Carter played for the Single-A Yakima Bears and South Bend Silver Hawks. In 2005, he played for the Single-A Lancaster JetHawks and Double-A Tennessee Smokies. In 2006 and 2007, Carter played for the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders.
After expressing a desire to be traded, Carter was traded by the Diamondbacks on August 21, 2007 to the Washington Nationals for Emiliano Fruto. He was subsequently sent to the Red Sox as the player to be named later in the August 17 trade of Wily Mo Peña from the Red Sox to the Nationals. After the trade, Carter was assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
On November 20, 2007, Carter was placed on the Red Sox 40-man roster.
Boston Red Sox
Carter made his Major League debut on June 5, 2008. He went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, after entering the game after Coco Crisp was ejected in the 2nd inning. With the Red Sox facing a possible Crisp suspension and injuries to both Jacoby Ellsbury and Manny Ramírez, Carter was sent back to Pawtucket on June 6 in favor of Brandon Moss.
Carter got the first hit from a Major League batter at Citi Field while playing for the Red Sox against the Mets in the first game played by major league teams.
New York Mets
Carter was traded to the New York Mets as a player to be named later in the deal for Billy Wagner, and was then added to the 40 Man roster. During spring training, Carter was given the nickname "The Animal" by Mets manager Jerry Manuel for his relentless drive and work ethic.
On May 10, 2010, the Mets promoted Carter from the Buffalo Bisons to fill Frank Catalonotto's roster spot. On May 11, 2010, his first at-bat as a Met, in the bottom of the eighth inning, he hit a double that drove in the winning run against the Washington Nationals.
On June 11, 2010, Carter hit his first major league home run against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie as the designated hitter. Two days later, Carter, again playing DH, hit his second home run against Orioles pitcher Kevin Millwood.
Saitama Seibu Lions
On June 16, 2013, it was announced that Carter would be back to Lions. Prior to this, he was waived by the team after 2012 season and had been playing in a Japan local independent league (Ishikawa).
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