Mets' David Wright to return during final homestand, with retirement likely next

Silvia Morton
September 14, 2018

The New York Mets said that third baseman David Wright will return for the team's final homestand on September 29.

While Wright, a seven-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glover and two-time Silver Slugger Award victor, won't be playing that night, he will start at third base on Saturday, September 29. The team said Wright is not officially retiring, but he would be medically unable to play moving forward.

"I've been wearing this uniform or something similar for half my life now", Wright said at a news conference.

"To the fans, words can't express the gratitude and appreciation for always having my back".

Wright, who hasn't played in the majors since 2016 due to a variety of health issues including chronic spinal stenosis, had been working his way back over the last month or so - playing 12 rehab games before recently joining the Mets (while remaining on the disabled list) to continue rehabbing with the team.

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But on the final Saturday of this season, the Mets and David Wright will try to rebel, for just one afternoon.

Wright, a seven-time All-Star, spent the entirety of his 13-year career with the Mets, posting a cumulative slash line of.296/.376/.491 (112 OPS+) with 242 home runs, 390 doubles, and 196 stolen bases.

"Physically, and the way I feel right now, and from what the doctors have told me, there's not going to be any improvement", Wright said.

"It's truly been an honor to take the field with you and serve as your captain".

Wright said that he can not foresee a way to continue playing baseball in the future, given his current condition, calling the very process of playing baseball "debilitating" (Twitter links via SNY's Andy Martino). "I don't see (continuing) as a possibility".

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