In an emotional press conference today at Citi Field, Wright revealed that he will return to play third base for the Mets on September 29 against the Miami Marlins before officially calling it a career.
"When I really started ramping up baseball stuff. when I woke up in the mornings, something is always a concern", Wright said. "I can not express my gratitude and appreciation for everything this organization has done and continues to do for me". The 38th overall pick in the 2001 draft, Wright reached the Majors as a 21-year-old in 2004 and never looked back.
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Spinal stenosis and other medical problems have sidelined Wright since the 2016 season.
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.
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Wright also had the honor of representing his country in both the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics, collecting a memorable walk-off hit to push the US into semi-final play in 2009 and launched a grand slam in 2013 as part of a huge tournament performance that earned him the aforementioned "Captain America" moniker.
Wright has salaries of $20 million this year, $15 million next season and $12 million in 2020, the final year of his deal. "For me to play back-to-back games, it was just survival mode", Wright explained. He earned $20 million this season, a portion of which the Mets have recouped via insurance while he's been on the disabled list.
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Star Elena Delle Donne went to the Finals in 2014 with Chicago, as did guard Kristi Toliver with Los Angeles in 2016. Sue Bird , the league's oldest player at 37, is the only holdover Seattle's championship teams in 2010 and 2004.
"To my teammates, coaches and staff, it's truly been an honor of a lifetime to take the field with you and serve as your captain", Wright said.