Morning Briefing: Salute To The Captain

Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (68-78) had an exciting time on the field yesterday as they swept the Miami Marlins (57-89) in a doubleheader which featured a walk-off home run in the first game and a Jason Vargas quality start in the second game. However, the biggest news of the day yesterday came out of David Wright‘s press conference where he shared that he’ll make a start at third base again on Sept. 29 and doesn’t see a scenario in which he does so again looking forward to next year.

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A big reason Wright wanted to play again was his two daughters. During the press conference he said, “I really, really am going to love that game because they get a chance to see me play in the big leagues for the first time and for me that means a lot,” Wright said. “We got my 2-year-old Olivia out there, trying to teach her how to throw and catch now, so it’s going to be special to have her there for sure.”

Mickey Callaway will honor Wright’s wish to play alongside Jose Reyes like the old days, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Former Mets general manager Steve Phillips reflected on Wright’s first days as a Met and expects a signature moment from him in his final days as a Met.

Many others reflected on Wright, his career, his classiness and what he said in the press conference. Some of those included Rich Coutinho, Joel Sherman, John Harper, Ken Rosenthal, Steven Matz and NBA star Donovan Mitchell.

The Mets will visit Fenway Park for the first time since 2009 when they took two of three games behind quality starts from Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey. They’ll open their three game series tonight at 7:10 p.m. EDT with Noah Syndergaard (11-3, 3.44 ERA) on the mound for the Mets and Hector Velazquez (7-2, 3.29 ERA) on the mound for the Red Sox. The game can be viewed on SNY and heard on 710 WOR.

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Joe Mauer is considering retirement according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.

The Los Angeles Angels are going to teach two hitters how to pitch in instructional league according to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register. The plan isn’t to convert them to pitchers, but rather try to develop some more two-way players.

Pedro Strop of the Chicago Cubs got injured on Thursday and expects to miss a couple of weeks according to Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune. Manager Joe Maddon was unsure at the time of who will close in his place.

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The Atlanta Braves announced that they are giving away free tickets to people who had to evacuate because of Hurricane Florence.

The Washington Nationals will be holding an auction on Sept. 24 to raise funds for assistant general manager Doug Harris’ second battle with leukemia. Among the items being auctioned is a 2001 World Series ring courtesy of Nationals executive Bob Miller according to R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports.

Scott Lauber of Philly.com noted that the Philadelphia Phillies revealed a need as they head into the offseason after they decided to stick with their young starting pitchers before the trading deadline.

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Ernest Dove reviewed the St. Lucie Mets’ 2018 season.

Jack Hendon broke down Zack Wheeler‘s quality start from Wednesday.

Matt Musico wrote a piece on the Mets’ young hitters and the hope they’re providing for the 2019 season.

This Day in Mets History

1996: Todd Hundley hit his 41st home run as a catcher which broke Roy Campanella‘s top mark of 40 which he set in 1953.

2008: Reyes reached 50 stolen bases for the fourth consecutive year. No other player had accomplished that feat for a New York team for even three years.

Birthdays: Chad Bradford turns 44, Mike Draper turns 52 and Dave Hillman turns 91. Harry Parker was also born on this day in 1947.

Salute To The Captain

In tribute to Wright’s retirement, check out this video that Jack Hendon created for MetsMerized which consists of some of the best moments of Wright’s career!

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John is a communication major with a concentration in media production and a minor in English at Manhattan College. He was also a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show. John aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. He is the sports editor for Manhattan College's newspaper, The Quadrangle. He was formerly a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball of the Last Word On Sports network and was an editor for Mets Merized Online. He now serves as a senior writer for MMO. You can follow John on Twitter @John97Jackson.