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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Injuries could cost David Wright a Baseball Hall of Fame plaque

The New York Times recently chronicled everything Wright has to do before a game to ease his aching back, bringing to mind the routines of Sandy Koufax for his arthritic elbow near the end of his career. At 32, Wright looks like a long shot to return to being a regular All Star. And barring a miracle, it looks as though Wright will fall just short of Cooperstown.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, hall of fame

Monday, October 12, 2015

Don Mattingly: David Wright would get away with hard slide - NY Daily News

If Utley plays and gets a game-winning hit, there will be mass hysteria in New York.

Mattingly said he had been considering starting Utley, who is 6-for-18 (.333) with one home run against Harvey, while Howie Kendrick is only 1-for-6. Lefties hit 15 home runs and had a .676 OPS in 377 plate appearances this season against Harvey, who limited righthanders to three home runs and a .544 OPS in 378 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, don mattingly, mets

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Angell: Back to School

Drew Storen, the Nats’ closer until his demotion to setup guy when, in a midsummer deal, the club picked up the fabled ex-Red Sox, ex-Phillies Jonathan Papelbon, was the main perpetrator and victim of the above-cited Biblical largesse. He presented a red beard and an aura of near-clinical anxiety. Matt Williams, his manager, brought him back again last night, no doubt as a statement of trust, to face Cespedes, who hit the go-ahead (and winning, it turned out) two-run homer on Storen’s second pitch. Storen, one understands, will remember all this for the rest of his life. So will I.

Papelbon (with that irritating Tik-Tok of Oz stare-in and arm-drop now copied by ten thousand kid pitchers) lost the middle game on a pinch-hit home run by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.


Manager Williams made all the available moves but never the right one. Everything Mets skipper Terry Collins tried seemed to work out, including his decision to keep the rookie outfielder Michael Conforto in left in the eighth on Wednesday night, where he made a skidding, breathless late grab to save the day and the joy. Has Collins used up the Mets’ seasonal quota of magic with such prodigality?

Hmm. Only Mets fans ask questions like this.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Michael Conforto is the perfect player — just ask David Wright

The difference is talent.

Trading for Yoenis Cespedes changed the Mets’ world, but don’t underestimate what rookie outfielder Michael Conforto has meant to this club.


“If you were going to build a ballplayer with the right approach along with the right amount of talent, he’d be the guy,’’ David Wright told The Post.
“He’s not entitled.’’

That alone is a gift from the baseball gods in this day and age.

“Some guys come in here and they’re loud, a lot more talking than they are listening and he’s the opposite,” Wright said. “He’s an excellent player, a great person, one of those young guys who gets it.’’



Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 03, 2015 at 11:20 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets, michael conforto

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Martino: David Wright returns to a very different Mets team - NY Daily News

It’s Captain America calling!

At the beginning of a historic night for the Mets offense, David Wright announced his relevance to the pennant race with one thundering swing: top of the second inning, boom, second deck in left field.

With that, the Mets’ weirdly successful August became even weirder. Wright returns to a Twilight Zone, where everything works out for this team. It’s a reality barely recognizable from what the captain has seen for years.

“I hope that everyone here is soaking it in, because it’s a lot of fun to be a part of, and there were a whole lot of down years,” Wright said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mets eyeing Philly for David Wright’s return - Mets Blog - ESPN

He’s almost back.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

David Wright of New York Mets begins rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie

Things keep looking better and better for the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

David Wright’s return in sight — and Collins knows where he’ll hit | New York Post

Why does Collins want Wright batting second?

“His on-base percentage is so good,” Collins said. “He can run the bases. He brings a lot to the table. You look throughout the league now and there are big-name hitters, power guys hitting second. The new thing is to get all these guys up in that spot where they can get up more.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injuries, mets

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Mets notes: Wright says ‘everything’s good’ - Mets -

This is the first time Wright will have three straight days of baseball activity, and he recently completed back-to-back days Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wright is fielding and taking batting practice in the cage.

“Everything’s good. Now it’s a matter of getting the reps without overdoing it,” Wright said after working out prior to Friday’s game against the Nationals. “Incremental steps every day where not only are you doing the baseball thing a number of days in a row but you’re also kind of upping your reps each day. It’s a little bit more on my plate every day and just making sure my body can respond to the baseball things on a daily basis.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets, notes

Monday, July 06, 2015

New York Mets, David Wright don’t have surgery as a top option | Newsday

Want to know about David’s condition? Read the article.

What are Wright’s thoughts on potential surgery?

“I have very little knowledge of it,’’ he said. “I sat down for the consultation with the doctors, the first couple of meetings. I was made aware that there is a surgery for it. I was also made aware that Dr. Watkins was going to do everything in his power to make sure that I do not need that surgery, and that’s really the only time we’ve talked about it. He made me aware there is a procedure and he also made me aware that it’s normally for people a lot older than me and don’t necessarily have to twist and turn and move up and down. That was the only time we ever even discussed it, and it really wasn’t even a discussion. He just told me he was going to do everything he can to keep me from having it. It wasn’t recommended then and it definitely hasn’t been something we’ve discussed since.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, mets

Thursday, July 02, 2015

David Wright gives Mets the update they’ve been hoping for | New York Post

Wright was in uniform with the team early last month for three games in San Diego, at which time he told reporters he unequivocally expected to return this season. Wright has been visiting with Watkins every Monday, at which time the doctor and patient review a checklist and a workout is prescribed for the upcoming week.
Wright said he was told early on that surgery wouldn’t be an option — unless he was careless in his rehab and the condition worsened.
“From the moment I was diagnosed with this, from the information-gathering stage, there has never been a question in my mind [about returning],” Wright said on June 2. “Not only am I going to come back, but I am going to come back sooner rather than later.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, injury, mets



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