David Wright is arguably the greatest offensive player in New York Mets franchise history. Since arriving in New York in July 2004, Wright has become the team’s all-time leader in RBI, doubles, total bases, runs, hits, walks and extra-base hits. He has appeared in more All-Star Games (7) than any other player in franchise history.
Wright may not have the numbers needed to make it to Cooperstown, but No. 5 deserves to have his number retired and assume his place in the Mets Hall of Fame, in due time.
Wright, who hasn’t played in a major league game since May 1, 2016, began rehab last month in Port St. Lucie followed by a short stint with Las Vegas. In 12 games for Las Vegas and St. Lucie, Wright hit .171 with a .404 OPS. His arm is weaker and his bat a little slower, but just seeing him play the game again brings a smile to the faces on most Mets fan.
Now, Wright is back with the team continuing his rehab and hoping he will be rewarded with a roster spot after September 1.
Wright told the media:
“The perseverance and the work that I’ve put in over the last two years, it would mean the world to me to be able to suit up. I’ve got two young daughters that have never seen me play, so it would mean a lot to me to have them there.”
Wright is beloved by Mets fans — and baseball fans in general. No one wants to see his career end on a down note, but it seems inevitable. His body has failed him and, as a result, his ability to play like the David Wright we all gushed over is long gone.
Putting the insurance aside (which is no small aside, but for the case of staying on subject we will excuse that issue for the moment), should Wright be given a roster spot in September?
Well understood, and I feel for the guy, but #5 is not the future of this team, and do you sit Frazier for Wright, who hasn't proven he can throw? Unfortunately the right thing to do may not be the popular thing to do.
— metsfan73 (@metsfan73) September 1, 2018
If Wright continues to rehab,continues to improve and the medical staff clear him, then why not? The Mets are no longer in a pennant race and they have the benefit of expanding their roster through the final month of the season. The time and space are right.
Wright does not want to embarrass himself, his teammates or his family. “It’s just now up to me to prove that I can do it, so the challenge has been accepted and I am going to do everything I can to get that clearance and do everything I can to put that big league uniform on, because I have come way too far with the work to give it a ‘poor me’ now. I set a goal. I certainly have been challenged and I want to attain that goal and I want to beat that challenge.”
Does David Wright think he will play for the Mets this year?
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) August 30, 2018
But the decision to activate Wright should be done without emotion. While he has played his heart out and worked intensely to get to this point, Wright’s status should be based on one criteria: ability. If he is no longer able to able to make the throw from third to first with authority, he shouldn’t play. If he can no longer time a major league fastball and hit it with authority, he shouldn’t play.
This isn’t a feel-good decision, but a baseball decision. Sure it would “mean the world” to Wright to have his daughters see him play the game again, but if David Wright is not playing like David Wright, are they really watching their dad play?
Here are some additional sources on Wright’s comeback:
- The Mets Are In A Tricky Situation With David Wright
- Wright’s return is a study in perseverance
- Inside David Wright’s grueling rehab routine
- ‘How much can you take?’ Inside David Wright’s agonizing fight to tame his own broken body and return to the Mets
- Mets have another hurdle for David Wright to clear