David Wright Will Return to Mets for One Final Time and Retire

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Regardless of the financial details, Wright will go down as one of the best players in franchise history and will be remembered as one of the most respected players in the game during his time as a Major Leaguer.

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.

He will start that final Saturday (September 29) at third base against the Marlins.

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Wright said that he addressed his teammates before coming out for the press conference and joked that he hoped he was done crying.

While Wright, a seven-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glover and two-time Silver Slugger Award victor, won't be playing that night, he will start at third base on Saturday, September 29.

"To the fans, words can't express the gratitude and appreciation for always having my back".

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"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.

"It's debilitating to play baseball", Wright admitted. "So yeah, I don't see [playing beyond September] as a possibility".

"It's truly been an honor to take the field with you, and serve as your captain", an emotional Wright said.

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Wright spent 13 seasons in the heart of the Mets' lineup, reaching seven All-Star teams, winning two Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards along the way. Over 1,583 career games he slashed.296/.376/.491 with 1,777 hits, 242 home runs, 970 RBI and 196 stolen bases. 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.