Last night, the Mets and David Wright agreed to a new contract extension that will pay him $138 million the next eight seasons, WFAN’s Ed Coleman was first to report. To learn more, click here…
Earlier today, Terry Collins said he will ask Wright to become the team’s official captain, once the new contract is officially announced, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.
“He’s the face of this organization and he may not say a lot, but he leads so much by example, so much by the way he leads and carries himself,” Collins told DiComo. “Certainly, I think I’ve got to have that discussion with him.”
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The actual C stitched to the jersey only matters to a point. I think Wright has the freedom and endorsement of management to do what is necessary to ‘keep people in line,’ so to speak. He is a leader. He does everything you’d want on and off the field. This team’s issue isn’t Wright’s leadership skills, it’s the level of talent he being asked to lead… In regards to whether the C matters, I actually think it has more to do with how he responds and how his teammates react. Also, I think it depends on the organization and the context that it is happening.
The Red Sox put a C on Jason Varitek’s uniform; but, while the Yankees call Derek Jeter ‘the Captain,’ he has no physical C on his chest. Why the difference? For the Mets, and where they are right now in their history, as fans tune in and out and look for reasons to believe, I think giving Wright a new contract and slapping a C on his chest could send a super strong indication of how serious they are about what he means to the future of the franchise, it could speak to where they’re going, what he’s done and – most important – it can be a tangible item (a literal branding) that says, ‘This is how we want our players to play.’
In other words, I think it can matter, though it’s not guarantee of anything. It’s not the end-all, be-all to winning and it certainly isn’t more important that actually acquiring power hitters for the outfield. But, in the right situation (and I think this is one of them), I think it can have a helpful impact.