Mets' David Wright To Play One More Game Before Retiring

David Wright

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

The seven-time All-Star last played for the Mets in May 2016 due to a series of neck and back injuries.

"I always wanted to be on the field again to have my daughter see me play", Wright said.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon opened Thursday's press conference at Citi Field by saying that although Wright's body has not responded the way it needed to, "out of respect for him personally, professionally, and for our fans, we want to give him this opportunity".


The 35-year old began his latest comeback in August at Class A St. Lucie, where he hit.171 with a double and two RBIs in 41 at-bats during 10 games for St. Lucie and two with Triple-A Las Vegas, according to ESPN. He garnered MVP votes in six of those 13 seasons, finishing as high as fourth in the voting back in 2007.

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

To be clear, it does not sound as though Wright will formally announce his retirement. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that, indeed, Wright will not formally retire but will not return as a player during his contract.

Wright has salaries of $20 million this year, $15 million next season and $12 million in 2020, the final year of his deal. He earned $20 million this season, a portion of which the Mets have recouped via insurance while he's been on the disabled list. 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.

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