New York Mets third baseman David Wright announced Thursday afternoon that his playing career is likely over after the team's final homestand, citing health reasons. "For me to play back-to-back games, it was just survival mode", Wright explained.
"To my teammates coaches and staff, it's truly the honor of a lifetime to take the field with you and serve as your captain", he said, his voice cracking as he broke into tears.
Through tears, Wright explained one of the reasons why he wanted to come back.
"To the fans, words can't express the gratitude and appreciation for always having my back".
Spinal stenosis and other medical problems have sidelined Wright since the 2016 season.
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And then in a playoff, his 5-foot par putt missed to the left, making Keegan Bradley a victor for the first time in six years. For the sixth time in his career, Woods shot 263 or better. "It was a hard road back, but it feels good".
"The way I feel right now and from everything the doctors have told me, there's not going to be an improvement", Wright said when asked if he could play beyond 2018. "So yeah, I don't see [playing beyond September] as a possibility".
A seven-time All-Star, Wright has a career slash line of.296/.376/.491 with 242 home runs in 1,583 games. The vast majority of the Wright deal is covered by insurance, but that doesn't mean the Mets chose to do any handiwork with their savings. He is second all-time in homers, behind Darryl Strawberry (252).
While Wright never specifically mentioned retirement Thursday, he made it clear he can no longer continue to play.
If Wright does retire at season's end, he will leave $27 million on the table between the last two seasons of his eight-year, $138 million contract. "I miss it. I wish that things could've certainly turned out differently physically, but as far as regrets go, I can't say that I have regrets".