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Report: Mets likely to name David Wright captain before opening day

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Third baseman David Wright will likely be the Mets' captain. (USATSI)

The Mets have lost a lot of star-caliber players in recent years -- Jose Reyes and R.A. Dickey, most notably -- but David Wright will remain thanks to his new eight-year, $138 million contract extension. He's the undisputed face of the franchise and for years it's been assumed he would one day be named captain of the team. That time may be fast approaching, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:

Team officials refuse to confirm until all plans are finalized, but a person aware of the process said that Wright would want to speak with teammates before officially accepting such an honor. Also, it has not yet been decided whether Wright will wear a “C” on his jersey, such as former Boston catcher Jason Varitek, or simply receive the title, such as Derek Jeter.

Martino notes that Wright's rib injury could delay the process if he has to start the season on the DL. Either way, this is one of those things that is so obvious not even the Mets could screw it up. Wright, 30, is the franchise's all-time leader in hits (1,426), runs (790), doubles (322), RBI (818), walks (616), and WAR (39.1). He's 32 homers behind Darryl Strawberry, so it's only a matter of time before he tops that list as well.

The Mets have had just three captains in their history -- Keith Hernandez (1987-89), Gary Carter (1988-1989) and John Franco (2001-04). Both Hernandez and Franco actually wore a hockey-style "C" on the front of their jerseys, so there is some precedent if they want to go that route. I think it's a little tacky, but then again the jersey sales would be astronomical. Regardless, Wright becoming the team captain has been inevitable for years. Now it's just time to make it official.

Wright's Career Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2004NYM6926341771440144060.332.525.293
2005NYM160575991762710272113177.388.523.306
2006NYM154582961812611666113205.381.531.311
2007NYM1606041131963010794115345.416.546.325
2008NYM1606261151893312494118155.390.534.302
2009NYM14453588164107274140279.390.447.307
2010NYM1575878716629103691611911.354.503.283
2011NYM102389609914615297132.345.427.254
2012NYM156581911782193811121510.391.492.306
Total 126247427901426204818616100916654.381.506.301

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