San Diego Padres: Joe Carter On Today’s Game Era Hall Of Fame Ballot

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1990: Joe Carter of the San Diego Padres readies for the pitch during the 1990 season. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
1990: Joe Carter of the San Diego Padres readies for the pitch during the 1990 season. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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Former San Diego Padres outfielder Joe Carter is a nominee for the Hall of Fame.

While his story is a very short entry in the history of the San Diego Padres, Joe Carter did call San Diego home for one season and is now a candidate for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame after joining a list of 10 names brought forward by the Today’s Game Era committee.

Carter joins Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Charlie Manuel, Lou Piniella, Lee Smith, and George Steinbrenner for Hall of Fame considerations. The vote will take place on December 9th at the Winter Meetings.

Over the course of his 16-year career, Carter played for the Chicago Cubs (drafted him in the 1st round of the 1981 draft), Cleveland Indians, Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, and the San Francisco Giants. He amassed 396 career home runs, 432 doubles, 2,184 hits, and 231 stolen bases.

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Carter joined the San Diego Padres prior to the 1990 season in a trade with the Indians that sent Sandy Alomar, Carlos Baerga, and Chris James to Cleveland. He played in all 162 games that year, hitting .232 with a .290 on-base percentage and a .681 OPS. The outfielder hit 24 home runs and led the team with 115 RBIs, stealing 22 bases in the process.

Teaming up with Tony Gwynn and Bip Roberts in the outfield, Carter and the 1990 Padres finished with a record of 81-81, finishing 4th in the National League West. Despite finishing with one of the worst slash lines of his career, Carter ended the year 17th on the Most Valuable Player voting ballot.

Nearly one year to the date after he was traded to San Diego, the Padres traded Carter to the Toronto Blue Jays (along with Roberto Alomar) for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez.

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Carter was a two-time World Series champion (both with the Blue Jays), five-time All-Star, and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

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