The long expected news came out yesterday that David Wright will retire at the end of this season. The Mets captain has not played in the MLB since 2016 due to injuries and it seemed inevitable that his career was over. David Wright was not only a fan favorite on the Mets but a fan favorite in all of baseball. Wright came to play every day with a positive attitude and played the game the right way.
David Wright has spent 13 years with the Mets and during that time he has posted a career .296 batting average, .376 OBP, .491 SLG, .867 OPS. Furthermore, he has played the second-most games in Mets history, he has the most at bats, hits, RBI, walks, runs scored and total bases in Mets history during his 13 years in the Queens. He started in 5 All Star games which makes him tied with Darryl Strawberry for second most starts in an All-Star Game in Mets history and his career average 3.8 WAR per season is the most among any position player with at least five years in the Mets Organization. The numbers show that David Wright was not only talented but it shows that even though he has struggled with injures half of his career, he has refused to quit and kept working to get back to playing at the high level he was capable of. Wright earned many honors during his career, he is a 7x all-star, 2x gold glove and silver slugger winner an the 2012 NL Defensive Player of the Year.
While Wright was an all-star on the field he was just as big of an all-star off the field. I personally had the honor to meet Mr. Wright when he was inducted into the Fall League Hall of Fame in Scottsdale Arizona in 2017 and he was one of the classiest people I have met. He walked up and down the first and third base sides signing autographs for fans making sure he got pretty much everyone who wanted one. Mr. Wright loves his fans and loves the game of baseball. It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye not only to a legend of the game but one of the most real, genuine people in pro baseball.