The life long New York Met David Wright, along with Mets’ COO Jeff Wilpon, announced today at a Press Conference that Wright will be activated for the Mets’ final homestand of the 2018. This will likely be his last Major League game.
The Mets, who currently sit at 4th place in the NL East, will activate Wright on September 25th and have him play third base at home against the Miami Marlins on September 29th. COO Jeff Wilpon commented that Wright is “one of the finest players and people to ever wear the uniform — Mets uniform or any uniform”, and that the decision to activate him for one final homestand was one “out of respect for him personally, professionally, and for our fans…”
Fighting through tears, Wright today expressed his most senescence gratitude to the New York Mets: “To my teammates, coaches and staff, it’s certainly been the honor of a lifetime to take the field with you and serve as your captain”.
Wright also explained that further that after discussions with his doctors, it has become clear that his health is nowhere near where he would need to be to play more ball after 2018; “The way I feel right now and from everything that the doctors have told me, there’s not gonna be any improvement… I don’t see that [playing after this season] as a possibility”. The 35 year old Wright has been off the main roster since May of 2016, not long after he was diagnosed with chronic spinal stenosis in 2015. Along with two surgeries in 2017 on his rotator cuff and back.
Wright began his latest attempt at a return in August when he played down in with the Single A Mets in Port St. Lucie where he played a total of 10 games, and then additional two with the Triple-A Las Vegas squad.
In his 13 Season career in Queens, Wright compiled a solid resume:
- 7x All Star
- .296 Lifetime Avg
- Currently holds the Met records for: Hits, Doubles,total Bases, RBIs, and runs scored.
Wright will still be under contract with the New York Mets, and will be owed a boat load of money: “set to earn $15 million in 2019 and $12 million in 2020, during what is the final year of the eight-year, $138 million deal he signed prior to the 2013 season” (Abriano, SNY).
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