Carter wins ‘81 ASG MVP
The first-place team in each division from the first half and the second half would move on to the eight-team playoffs. The Expos finished third in the NL East in the first half, but had a chance at the division title in the second half.
In the second half, Carter tallied 13 doubles, nine home runs and 38 RBI. He would go on to win an NL Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award and finished sixth in the NL MVP balloting.
Led by Carter, Andre Dawson and Tim Raines, the Expos achieved a playoff berth for the first time in franchise history, going 30-23 in the second half to beat the Cardinals by a half game. They defeated the Philadelphia Phillies three-games-to-two in the first-ever NLDS before falling to the Dodgers in the NLCS in five games. Carter made the most of the postseason, hitting .429 with four doubles, two homers and six RBI between the two series.
In 12 seasons with the Expos, Carter hit .269 with 220 home runs, 823 RBI and 1,427 hits. He retired following the 1992 season with 324 home runs. In 19 big league seasons, Carter won three NL Gold Gloves and five NL Silver Sluggers. He was traded to the Mets following the 1984 season and helped New York win the 1986 World Series.
In 2003, Carter was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He passed away on Feb. 16, 2012.
Steven Walters is the 2018 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development