Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Mets' David Wright To Play One More Game Before Retiring

Mets' David Wright To Play One More Game Before Retiring

With that in mind, Wright will forever be remembered as a key player in Mets history, and seeing him give his conference Thursday was rough.

The New York Mets will activate third baseman David Wright from the disabled list on September 25, and he will start what he expects to be his final major league game on September 29.

Wright strongly implied during the press conference that this will be it too, and that he will retire at the end of the season, saying that playing baseball is "debilitating" to his health and that "there's not going to be an improvement" in the problems that have cost him so much time.

"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.

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Wright, as you know, hasn't appeared in a major league game since May 27, 2016 due to neck, back, and shoulder injuries. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon says that there will indeed be a discussion about the retirement of Wright's No. 5 (Twitter link via the New York Post's Mike Puma), though there's no specific timetable just yet as to when that honor would be bestowed upon venerable team captain. The third baseman is expected to start against the Miami Marlins on September 29.

"I always wanted to be on the field again to have my daughter see me play", Wright said. In 6869 plate appearances, all coming with the Mets, he posted a superlative.296/.376/.491 batting line with 242 home runs and 196 stolen bases.

Wright spent 13 seasons in the heart of the Mets' lineup, reaching seven All-Star teams, winning two Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards along the way.

Some have suggested that the Mets' inclination was financially-motivated in that, as long as Wright is on the disabled list, insurance will cover much of his salary.

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