Is there tangible value in naming David Wright captain?

Michael Baron: In the past, not so much. But this is a different team, and Wright is really the elder-statesman who everyone looks up to now. It’s clear he’s grown professionally and turned himself into the understood leader of the club. Not to mention that he’s awesome and leads by example by his performance on the field. Putting all of that together, it now feels like the right thing to do.

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Mike Nichols: I agree with Baron, but my thought is, his teammates know, the fan base knows and I believe the franchise knows that Wright is the clubhouse leader on the team. How other than it being ceremonial, would giving the title of captain to Wright really change things or add any benefit? Sure, it’s a tremendous honor, but I’m not sure how it really makes a difference one way or the other. I do agree with Terry Collins, when he said without a current long term deal in place for Wright, naming him captain puts the franchise in awkward position. Maybe then, but still I’m not sure it makes any difference, other than appeasing the fan base.

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Vinny Cartiglia: I’ve never been big on officially naming a captain. All that matters is that the players know who the captain is on their respective team. For the Mets, that player is David Wright. In this situation, however, I believe throwing a gigantic ‘C’ on Wright’s chest is warranted. Not to mention it just feel right (no pun intended). Above all, hes awesome and deserves it.

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Matthew Cerrone: I actually think it has more to do with how he responds and how he’s teammates react. Also, I think it depends on the organization and the context that it is happening. I mean, the Red Sox put a C on Jason Varitek’s uniform, but, while the Yankees call Derek Jeter ‘the Captain,’ he has no C. Why the difference? For the Mets, and where they are right now, 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 super strong indication of how serious they are about what he means to the fans and franchise, 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. It’s not inherent. But, in the right situation (and I think this is one of them), I think it can have a helpful impact.