In a report for Newsday, Keith Hernandez told Marc Carig he regrets wearing the “C” on his jersey when he was captain of the Mets, although it was the Mets who decided to stitch it on his jersey.
“I kind of liked it from the beginning. It’s kind of an ego thing,” Hernandez explained. “I wish I hadn’t. It was like a hockey C instead of the smaller C. But that’s what they did.”
Wright, Paul Konerko and Derek Jeter are the only active captains in baseball, none of which wear a “C” on their jersey.
Earlier this week, David Wright told reporters he, Terry Collins, and Sandy Alderson decided he would not wear a C on his jersey.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:I’m not sure there’s anything positive to be gained by wearing the “C.” I assume the parties involved didn’t want it to serve as a negative or a distraction, which likely played into the decision for Wright to not wear the label. It can be seen as a status symbol, and a clear representation of a hierarchy in the clubhouse; just because Wright is the captain doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be other voices of leadership on the team. The clubhouse should remain open for opinion and suggestion, but the captain label might serve as a deterrent for communication among all the players on the team.
Ultimately, Wright’s promotion needs to serve as a benefit not just for him, but for his teammates and the organization. There’s no reason to do this if its not meant to help steer the team in the right direction…