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David Wright Will Return to Mets for One Final Time and Retire

14 September 2018

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.

Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and Senior VP of Baseball Operations John Ricco joined Wright for an emotional news conference prior to the club's doubleheader against Miami to make the announcement, ending speculation on whether or not the seven-time All-Star would return.

New York's captain - who was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2015 and hasn't played in the majors since 2016 - will return to the team and be activated for their final homestand of the 2018 season at Citi Field starting September 25.

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According to WFAN's Mike Francesa, the Mets will activate the veteran third baseman for their last homestand of the season. The team said Wright is not officially retiring, but he would be medically unable to play moving forward. "To the fans, words can't address my gratitude". "To my teammates, coaches and staff, it's certainly been the honor of a lifetime to take the field with you and serve as your captain".

"I don't see (more) as a possibility", Wright told reporters about playing in 2019. In 12 games between the affiliates, two coming at Las Vegas, Wright hit.171 (7-for-41) with two RBIs.

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).

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In 13 seasons with the Mets, Wright is a career.296 hitter with 242 home runs and 970 RBI.

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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David Wright Will Return to Mets for One Final Time and Retire