Is it time for David Wright to retire?

David WrightWhen New York Mets captain David Wright was diagnosed with spinal stenosis this past weekend, an alarm was set off in the minds of Mets fans that it may be the end of his career. For those who do not know exactly what spinal stenosis is, webmd.com defines it as “the narrowing of spaces in the spine…which causes pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.” This sports injury has caused numerous athletes to retire, such as David Wilson of the New York Giants and former Olympic athlete Kaitlyn Farrington. Therefore, while it may be in the hopes and prayers of Mets fans everywhere, it may be time for Wright to call it a career.

To this point, Wright has had a tremendous career as the Mets third baseman. When he arrived in 2004, Wright quickly became a favorite of the fans and front office. From 2005-2009, Wright hit .310/.394/.518 with 116 homeruns, 86 stolen bases, and had a 27.2 WAR. Since 2009, Wright has hit .286/.361/.463 with 91 homers, 74 stolen bases, and has had a 20.6 WAR. As a total, Wright has been an extremely consistent player for the Mets and has been elected to the All Star Game seven times (it should be eight but San Francisco Giants fans were able to make a last minute push to get Pablo Sandoval elected instead).

Throughout his career, Wright has received numerous awards and consideration for many other awards as well. Wright finished in the top 10 for the voting of the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award five times, the highest being his fourth place finish in 2007. Wright probably would have won the 2007 MVP Award if not for the Mets’ dramatic/infamous collapse. Along with the MVP nominations, Wright won two Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards, both coming in 2007 and 2008. But most importantly, Wright received three votes in the 2012 Presidential Election…and yes, you did read that correctly!

Through all his accomplishments both on and off the field, Wright’s most memorable moments might be from his days playing for the United States’ ball club during the World Baseball Classic. In 2013, Wright hit a grand slam during a ballgame, and was dubbed with the nickname “Captain America”. Wright led the United States in batting stats in 2013, and was 14th overall. The next best American on the list was Joe Mauer, and he was all the way down at 17th overall.

Now in his 12th big league season, Wright would only need a few more years in the majors to be a Hall of Fame worthy player. However, that may not be plausible, depending on whether or not his spinal stenosis goes away. At the very least, he has earned a place in the Mets Hall of Fame, and should have his number hung on the left field wall amongst the other Mets greats.

We probably will not know what the situation will be for a while, but it is important for Mets fans to keep their heads held high and hope for the best. Nobody in the entire world of sports should ever have to retire from an injury, whether it be spinal stenosis or anything else, so on behalf of everybody at mets360.com as well as Mets fans everywhere, I would like to issue the following letter to Wright:

Dear David Wright,

So far in your career, you have been an inspiration to me as well as every other Mets fan. Your career numbers shall never be forgotten, nor shall what you have done off the field to help those in need. Be sure to do all that you can to get better, and do not forget to put yourself first. If you feel it is time to retire, do so. Nobody should guilt you into possibly hurting yourself further, because spinal stenosis is no joking matter. Of course, you do not deserve to go out this way, and hopefully you won’t; but thank you for having a wonderful career and helping the Mets through both good times and bad.

Hope to see you on the field soon,
Dan

10 comments for “Is it time for David Wright to retire?

  1. holmer
    May 27, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Could people stop with these stupid “knee-jerk” reactions? None of us knows if this is bad enough for David to retire or not. It is clearly a concern but do you throw in the towel and not try and get through this? If you are David Wright would you throw in the towel and walk away from all that money because it would be good for the organization? If you do then I have lake front property in Arizona I’d like to sell you.

  2. pal88
    May 27, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    A bit premature to discuss our captains demise…give it a rest until the medical tests are completed

  3. Name
    May 28, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Yea…. who is stupid enough to walk away from 100+ million?

  4. Studes
    May 28, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Yes, spinal stenosis can be a bad condition, but it can also be minor and easily treated. No need to panic yet.

  5. May 28, 2015 at 8:24 am

    I think there may be more than meets the eye here.

    He is only 30 years old, yet…the last few years, he has had chronic injuries, declining stats, and this from a player not known to complain.

    It may be that this back issue has been going on longer than the public knows and may be the reason for the declining power numbers, in particular. It is possible that this has nagged at him for years, especially given the strength it takes for bat speed long ball power. Some of us suspected that he played all last year with not just the shoulder injury, but perhaps his back, as well.

    He may be facing retirement, and if so, I hope he does what’s in his best, long term interest, as the author calls for.

    In consideration for this possibility, should the Mets consider moving Wilmer back to third?

  6. Matt Netter
    May 28, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Unlike Mattingly and Dykstra, Wright still has age on his side. He may not play til 40 but hopefully he’s got a few good years left.

  7. James Newman
    May 28, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Hopefully this instance of spinal stenosis is minor, and David can come back some point this season. I hope he doesn’t retire any time soon, because I think he can be a great third baseman and leader for this team.

  8. Patrick Albanesius
    May 28, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I think you have to leave Wilmer where he is, so as not to jerk him around. The Mets need to go out and trade for a legitimate third-base fill in. There are plenty around, it’s just a matter of getting one.

  9. James Preller
    May 28, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    You can write as many letters to David Wright as you wish, but please don’t speak on my “behalf.” I’m good with my own thoughts, thank you very much.

    All of this is premature and silly. We don’t know the facts and I’d guess most fans are simply hoping for the best.

  10. Doug B
    May 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    why would he retire when the Mets owe him $100,000,000 still?

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