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Mets will say goodbye to three of the best at their position in 2018

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Jose Reyes #7 and David Wright #5 of the New York Mets celebrate after scoring in the first inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 27: Jose Reyes #7 and David Wright #5 of the New York Mets celebrate after scoring in the first inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In 2018, several notable members of the New York Mets will wear the orange and blue for the final time.

The 2018 season for the New York Mets can be regarded as a major disappointment. Following the 11-1 start, the record seemed to spiral out of control for most of the year.

Occasionally, we were treated to greatness. Every Jacob deGrom start surely captured our attention. The emergence of Zack Wheeler as a legitimate starting pitcher also gave us hope.

Along the way, the Mets said goodbye to some important players. Although we didn’t realize it at the time, the 2018 season is a year when we may have seen the last of several all-time great Mets; each of whom can be regarded as the best at their position.

David Wright

Easily the best third baseman in Mets history and a top ten player in the franchise, David Wright appears unlikely to return in 2019. Nothing is official yet. However, it’s safe to say it’s closing time on the Captain’s career after 2018.

Wright’s career began in the mid-2000s with immediate success. He became a fan-favorite rather quickly and one of MLB’s top position players. He crushed home runs, drove in his teammates, and regularly hit above .300. In addition to all of the offensive success, Wright worked hard at becoming one of the best defensive third basemen out there.

As any Mets fan knows, injuries limited Wright later in his career. Almost all of 2016 was lost before sitting out the entire 2017 campaign. It looked like he may never come back.

In 2018, Wright will play in the final homestand of the year with a start on Saturday, September 29. When he does, fans get a final chance to say goodbye.

Wright is one of the most significant Mets of the 21st Century. Soon, the cleats will officially go up on the shelf.

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