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Former Red Sox first baseman Dave McCarty has died at the age of 54

Dave McCarty, former first baseman and outfielder for the Boston Red Sox and 2004 World Series champion, has died. He was 54.

McCarty died on the morning of Friday, April 19 “as a result of a heart attack” in Oakland, California, the Red Sox shared in a news release.

McCarty’s death comes just over a week after he joined his former teammates at Fenway Park on April 9 to toast the 20th anniversary of their championship and pay tribute to the late Tim and Stacy Wakefield.

Dave McCarty plays a game in Kansas City, Missouri in June 2004.

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Born in Houston and attending Stanford University, McCarty played for seven teams (and in 630 games) in the MLB between 1993 and 2005.

He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 1991 First-Year Player Draft before playing for the team from 1993 to 1995. From there he joined the San Francisco Giants in 1995, Seattle Mariners in 1998, Kansas City Royals in 2000 and Tampa. Bay Rays in 2002, Oakland A’s in 2003 and the Red Sox in 2003.

He spent two seasons and 118 games in Boston, where he hit five home runs during his time with the franchise and batted .286. McCarty played in 25 games during the 2004 championship run.

From 2005 to 2008 he also worked as a NESN analyst.

Former Red Sox star Kevin Youkilis shared an emotional tribute on Instagram following news of his friend’s death, writing that McCarty was “a good one.”

“A great husband, father, teammate and friend. Big Mac had a huge impact on my career by teaching me how to be a top prospect,” Youkilis wrote, alongside an image of the two smiling in the dugout. “Forever grateful for the time we shared together. May his memory be a blessing!”

Former Red Sox pitcher Lenny DiNardo also shared a tribute on X (formerly Twitter), calling McCarty’s death “terrible news.”

“I was happy to spend time with him at our reunion,” he wrote. ‘What a great guy. He will be missed. Hug your loved ones.”

McCarty’s death comes after former teammate Tim Wakefield died in October 2023 at the age of 57. Wakefield’s wife, Stacy, died five months later.

McCarty, a father of two, is survived by his wife Monica and children Reid and Maxine, whom the Red Sox shared.

“He played three seasons with the Red Sox and will forever be a part of the curse-breaking 2004 World Series championship team,” the organization further wrote. X. “We send our love to his wife Monica and their children Reid and Maxine.”