David Wright has stayed away from the spotlight since his retirement. The face of the New York Mets for many years has humbly stepped aside for a quieter life in retirement. It won’t last forever. The team will eventually retire number 5 and fans will get a chance to cheer for him yet again.
The Mets are hoping it won’t be a number retirement day when he gets involved next with the franchise. According to Mike Puma, he’s someone they want to help at camp.
Specifically, the team wants him to work with two of their most important prospects, Brett Baty and Mark Vientos.
Mets legend David Wright has a lot of knowledge he can pass on to these two
Baty is the clear winner in the race to become the future third baseman for the Mets even if he still does seem more like a left fielder in the future. Vientos is probably more of a DH or first baseman at best. The former isn’t much of an option while he remains with the Amazins. Pete Alonso has that position locked up.
Third base is wide open after this year. Assuming the team doesn’t pick up the option on Eduardo Escobar, they could look toward one of these two prospects for more regular starts in 2023.
Even if the club did decide to go in a different direction, it couldn’t hurt to make Baty and Vientos better defensively at the position. Having Baty as a 3B/LF for the foreseeable future makes him a great asset. Vientos being able to play the position better could at the very least give them someone they can turn to in a time of need. There is little doubt about the direction his bat is headed. Being more than a 1B/DH could get him more action on the field in 2023.
There isn’t anyone on the planet—or off of it for that matter—who could help these two more. Wright wasn’t always a Gold Glove third baseman. He knows what it’s like to struggle with the glove and do so as a member of the Mets. A classy leader who can show them as much on the field as off of it, nobody should be surprised to see him on the instructional wish list.
Let’s hope David has a few free days in February and/or March and the two kids are ready to act like sponges.