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

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
Year Team G AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
2004 NYM 69 263 41 77 14 40 14 40 6 0 .332 .525 .293
2005 NYM 160 575 99 176 27 102 72 113 17 7 .388 .523 .306
2006 NYM 154 582 96 181 26 116 66 113 20 5 .381 .531 .311
2007 NYM 160 604 113 196 30 107 94 115 34 5 .416 .546 .325
2008 NYM 160 626 115 189 33 124 94 118 15 5 .390 .534 .302
2009 NYM 144 535 88 164 10 72 74 140 27 9 .390 .447 .307
2010 NYM 157 587 87 166 29 103 69 161 19 11 .354 .503 .283
2011 NYM 102 389 60 99 14 61 52 97 13 2 .345 .427 .254
2012 NYM 156 581 91 178 21 93 81 112 15 10 .391 .492 .306
Total   1262 4742 790 1426 204 818 616 1009 166 54 .381 .506 .301

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