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THE CURIOUS CASE OF DAVID WRIGHT

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There are times I honestly wonder if Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred knows that there is a National League franchise that also plays in New York. If he does, I am curious if he is even the slightest bit interested in the latest activities surrounding the case of New York Mets captain David Wright?

I understand the fact that Wright has been MIA for more than two seasons now, but he is still playing. In fact, if there is any doubt, I will gladly provide statistical proof. It’s nothing to get excited about, other than the fact that he is still attempting to come back from multiple surgeries to his neck, back and shoulder.

Wright is hopeful that his time on the disabled list is coming to a close. After stints in St. Lucie (A) and Las Vegas (AAA), Wright has returned to New York to await the call. In the meantime, he continues to take batting and infield, run, stretch and play in a simulated game.

But the reality is, Wright plays for the wrong organization if he hopes to play again in 2018. It’s not that management doesn’t like him, no, in fact they love him. He has been the face of the franchise for more than a decade. He has singled-handedly attracted fans to the ballpark because of his play and community involvement.

Who wouldn’t want an employee like Wright? He attracts fans, sells merchandise and is everyone’s next door neighbor.

When asked if Wright will play again in 2018, interim general manager John Ricco told the media that the decision will be made by the medical staff.

Don’t believe that for a second. The decision to let Wright play is not about readiness — it’s about money — and those decisions will be made by the Wilpons. This is the point where Manfred should lean in and take notes.

Wright will get paid $20 million this season, but roughly 75% of that sum is being paid by the insurance policy the franchise took out on Wright when he signed an eight-year, $138-million contract extension in 2012. If Wright is activated the Mets will be on the hook for Wright’s contract, who is under contract for $15 million (2019) and $12 million (2020). Activating Wright now would become a multi-million payroll decision for the Mets.

I have no evidence or knowledge to suggest this is what many are referring to as “insurance fraud,” but it sure is extremely suspicious. Why wouldn’t ownership activate Wright the final two weeks of season? There is no possible playoff hope. Citi Field is a ghost town. Wright, for all intents and purposes, believes he has hurdled all the tests.

We will supposedly have answers to all these questions when Wright faces the media for a scheduled press conference in just over an hour.

I am curious, will Rob Manfred be watching too?

UPDATE:

David Wright announced he will be activated the final weekend of the 2018 season (September 28-30) and is scheduled to be in the Mets starting lineup against the Miami Marlins on Saturday, September 29. Although the word was never spoken during the press conference, supposedly to secure legal and insurance guidelines, Wright is expected to retire at the end of the season.

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John Strubel

Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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John Strubel

Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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