New York Mets captain David Wright has not suited up for the team since May 27, 2016 due to a slew of injuries including a herniated disk in his neck as well as back and shoulder surgeries.
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).
During a press conference on Thursday, Wright announced that it will likely be the last series of his career.
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The longtime and often-injured Met didn't use the word retirement during his press conference today, but fighting through tears he thanked the organization, his teammates and the fans, while also acknowledging that his body won't allow him to play the game of baseball again. The 38th overall pick in the 2001 draft, Wright reached the Majors as a 21-year-old in 2004 and never looked back.
Wright, a seven-time All-Star, spent the entirety of his 13-year career with the Mets, posting a cumulative slash line of.296/.376/.491 (112 OPS+) with 242 home runs, 390 doubles, and 196 stolen bases. With a blend of power, speed and quality defense at the hot corner, Wright was a true five-tool player during a peak that was all too brief. When the Mets reinstate him from the 60-day disabled list, they could diminish the amount of insurance money they could collect on his contract. "For me to play back-to-back games, it was just survival mode", Wright explained.
"It's truly been an honor to take the field with you, and serve as your captain", an emotional Wright said.