Even though David Wright has been dealing with a rib injury and has been unable to see much playing time this spring, that did not prevent the New York Mets from naming him the fourth captain in team history.
Wright joins Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and John Franco as the only four players to receive the great honor in Mets history. Wright also becomes the third active Major League Baseball player to be named a captain, joining New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko.
“This is probably one of the proudest days of my career so far,” Wright told Mets.com. “I’m honored and very proud to be on that short list of guys that have been considered captain of this franchise. For me, it’s a dream come true, to say the least.”
The 30-year-old made it perfectly clear that even though he has been honored of leading his teammates, it does not mean he will change who he is as a person or player. Wright is not considered a vocal leader who screams and yells to motivate his teammates. However, he will continue to always be there for anyone within the organization that needs him.
The nine-year veteran will also take on a bigger leadership role then he has had in the past. He will represent Terry Collins when the manager is not around, and everything he does will affect the team directly.
Wright is one of the most respected players in all of baseball. There is no one else I can think of who is better fit for the role in New York. There is no question he will do a tremendous job taking care of his teammates when they need someone to lean on and make sure the Mets play up to their potential every time they step on the diamond.
Wright signed an eight-year, $138 million contract this past offseason to remain with New York for what is assumed to be the remainder of his career.