David Wright’s injuries are finally forcing him to retire, but not before he finishes his career at third base for the New York Mets.
The New York Mets and David Wright announced that the third baseman’s playing days are finally coming to an end. In a press conference on Thursday, Wright and the organization announced that he will start at third base on Sept. 29. This is the Mets last homestand of the season and it will be Wright’s swan song as a player with the organization.
David Wright will play again in the Major Leagues.
The Mets will activate Wright on Sept. 25. He will start at third base on Sept. 29.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 13, 2018
David Wright says he is finished with baseball after this last homestand.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) September 13, 2018
Wright appeared in the press conference with COO, Jeff Wilpon, and assistant GM, John Ricco. They avoided using the word “retire” but Wright made it clear that he won’t be able to play baseball after this season. It’s not for lack of desire, but because he can no longer do it physically.
This is a bittersweet day for Mets fans. On one hand, they’ll have the opportunity to watch one of their all-time favorite players take the field one more time. But on the other hand, Wright’s injury-plagued career did not finish the way everyone envisioned.
There was definitely a feeling of sadness in the room. He struggled through a rash of injuries at the tail end of his career. Nevertheless, there are no regrets from Wright. He spent his entire career with the Mets and his career was undoubtedly successful. During the press conference, Wright said:
“I’ve been wearing this uniform or something similar for half my life now. That’s an honor that I take a lot of pride in.”
The seven-time All-Star is a tier below the Hall of Fame, but there’s no doubt that he will go down as one of the greatest Mets in history. He spent his entire career with the Mets and although there is no definitive date set, Wright’s No. 5 will join the likes of Mike Piazza and Tom Seaver sooner rather than later.