Captains leaving their teams is always a tough sight, but the way that David Wright is apparently leaving the New York Mets is nothing short of devastating. The third baseman is expected to start against the Miami Marlins on September 29.
"I think I'm hopefully out of tears for this one, but I spoke to the guys a couple of minutes ago", Wright said as his teammates and media looked on.
He said Thursday that he doesn't believe his body, which has required multiple surgeries on his shoulder, back and neck, will allow him to play again afterward. "I can not express my gratitude and appreciation for everything this organization has done and continues to do for me".
It would be his first major league game since May 2016. "So yeah, I don't see [playing beyond September] as a possibility".
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"I was extremely lucky to have the career I had surrounded by the people I had", Wright said.
In 13 seasons with the Mets, Wright - a seven-time All-Star - has hit.296/.376/.491 with 242 homers, 390 doubles, 970 RBI, and 949 runs scored. The vast majority of the Wright deal is covered by insurance, but that doesn't mean the Mets chose to do any handiwork with their savings.
"I would say once I started ramping up, and definitely in the games, is when physically I knew that I couldn't do it". If Wright does, in fact, retire, the Mets will be off the hook for the $27 million he is still owed for the final two seasons of the eight-year, $138 million contract he signed with the team December of 2012. The 35-year-old told reporters he wished things had turned out differently, but did not have any regrets about his career.