It appears David Wright has begun talking about life after his playing career comes to an end this weekend. SNY’s Andy Martino caught up with the captainTuesdayto see if he had any interest in staying involved with the game:
David Wright says he'd "love" to be a part of the Mets' front office next year.
“Here's a piece of unsolicited advice for whoever ends up running baseball operations for the Mets: As your first move, make David Wright a significant voice in the front office. He's a bright baseball mind, beloved by the fans, and willing to serve. On Tuesdayevening, I asked Wright if he would like to be a part of the front office next year as a special assistant or advisor to a GM or president of baseball operations. He nodded. "I'd love to stay involved," Wright said. "I love being around the game. I obviously love the organization. So, I think I could provide value." Sold. You don’t need to sell me, or anyone else for that matter, that Wright should have a strong voice within the organization – for as long as he wants one. It’s a no-brainer.
Wright has already let it be known he doesn’t have any interest in coaching at this time. And why would he? Wright was having a hard enough time watching the action from afar during his rehab process. At just 35, he’s likely not ready to fully accept that he can’t play anymore. Let him take some time off before revisiting that conversation.
For now, give Wright the ability to assign his own workload. If he wants to come spend a few weeks in Port St. Lucie mentoring the young guys next spring, awesome. Scout out some talent at the Double-A level, go for it. Take a trip down to the Caribbean league to have a peek at the international pool, have at it. Serve as a team consultant, who says no?
Whatever you do, Mets, just don’t insult the man with a ceremonial ambassador offer. He’s still so much more valuable to the organization than a guy that tips his cap every few months and sneaks up behind you after correctly guessing an in-game trivia question. Wright isn’t a pony meant to be paraded around.
If Wright wants to continue working for the Mets, and God bless him for that, let him carve out his own role as he settles into “retirement.”