HERE IS PART OF A POST THAT I PUT INTO A THREAD IN REPLY TO A COMMENT ABOUT THE Mets TRADING David Wright THIS YEAR:
I don't see any team offering anything near what the true value of Wright is and the Mets would be foolish to believe that he can't come back and trade him for less than he is worth. I hope he can overcome this injury and be productive to his previous level, After all he is only 29 years old and should have plenty left to offer for the next 8-10 years. My only fear with back injuries comes from looking at two players that had their careers cut short and/or found their ability level diminished.
Mike Bossy had to retire at 30 years old due to back injuries. He tried to take off a year to rest his back after playing only 63 games in the 1986-87 season, but he could not come back. Bossy scored over 50 goals per season for 9 consecutive seasons with the Islanders from 1977-1986 (still a record) and was one of the premier players in hockey during his career.
Darryl Strawberry hurt his back in 1992 and although most realize that off the field issues led to his overall downfall, his power numbers and ability to play a full season were greatly diminished by the back injury. After 9 consecutive seasons of at least 26 HRs, Strawberry only hit 28 HRs over the next 6 seasons after he hurt his back. He did not play more than 63 games in a season for those 6 seasons and it is remarkable that he was able to hit 24 HRs in 1998 with the Yankeesin 101 games at age 36.
ON THE OTHER HAND:
Joe Montana also had a serious back injury in the first week of the 1986 season. He had a spinal disc injury, surgery, and his doctor recommended that he retire from football. He was able to come back that year and although he palyed only 8 games, he was able to play that year, and for the next and for 6 of the next 8 years at Pro Bowl level and still have a Hall of Fame career. Montana beat all the odds and is the exception to the rule.
Hopefully, Wright will come back and have the remainder of what seemed to be shaping up as a Hall of Fame career himself.