MLB responds to the passing of four-time All-Star.

As former New York Mets star catcher John Stearns passed away at the age of 71 on Friday, the world of Major League Baseball lost one of its all-time greatest players.

The New York Post's MLB insider and columnist Jon Heyman shared the tragic news of Stearns' passing on Twitter.

Stearns played catcher for the Mets most of the time, although he also occasionally played first base and third base for the team.

He spent ten seasons with New York between 1975 and 1984, appearing in 10 seasons with the team. He was named an All-Star four times, in 1977, 1979, 1980, and 1982.

The four-time All-Star concluded his time with the Mets with 696 hits, 312 RBIs, and 46 home runs, good for a.260 career batting average.

Just a few weeks prior, Stearns was healthy enough to take part in the New York Mets' Old Timers Day, which gave past Mets players the chance

 to be recognized on the field in front of the home crowd. It provided the fans with a final opportunity to honor the celebrity.

Many people in the New York Mets and MLB community used Twitter to express their sorrow over Stearns' loss, demonstrating how well-liked and respected he was.