Carter To Manage In Dodger System?

Gary Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher who was a Dodger for one season toward the end of his playing days, may be coming back to the organization as a manager. At least, he's one of the finalists for the job at Las Vegas.

Carter earned his Hall credentials while playing for the Expos and the Mets, then became a Dodger in 1992 when he mostly played a backup role, hitting .246. He next moved back to play his final year for Montreal in 1993.

For the past two seasons he's been a successful manager in the Mets' organization. In 2005 he led his team to the title in the Gulf Coast East Division (which included the Dodgers) and advanced to the championship round before losing to the Yankees. This past season he was the manager of the St. Lucie Mets who won the first half East Division, then went on to defeat Dunedin (Blue Jays) for the Florida State League crown.

As a manager Carter has adopted a very visible, almost combative style, quick to challenge umpires and the opposition.

The Las Vegas post became open when Jerry Royster's contract was not renewed. His successor is expected to be named within a few days.

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