Wright To Play During Mets’ Final Homestand

Tanya Simon
September 14, 2018

Wright, who was named team captain in 2013, has been with the Mets through thick and thin - for better or for worse.

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.

He opened Thursday's press conference with a joke, laughing as he said, "This kind of caught me off guard - I thought we were going to announce an extension today". The third baseman is expected to start against the Miami Marlins on September 29.

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

"It's truly been an honor to take the field with you and serve as your captain". "I can not express my gratitude and appreciation for everything this organization has done and continues to do for me".

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As is typical for the Mets there has been confusion as to what the actual plan was, with Wright strongly suggesting he was ready to play while the Mets seemed inclined to hold him back.

While Wright will be active for one final homestand, he said he can't see any possibility where his career continues beyond 2018. 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.

If Wright does retire at season's end, he will leave $27 million on the table between the last two seasons of his eight-year, $138 million contract.

"It's debilitating to play baseball", Wright admitted. "I miss it. I wish that things could've certainly turned out differently physically, but as far as regrets go, I can't say that I have regrets".

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