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Third baseman David Wright has been appointed captain of the Mets, and is the first player to hold the honor since 2004.

During his injury-shortened tenure on Team USA this year, fans dubbed him “Captain America.”

But now, it’s official.

Third baseman David Wright was named the fourth captain in Mets history – joining the elite group with Mets legends Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez and John Franco. Unlike Hernandez and Franco, however, Wright will not wear the “C” on his jersey like those worn by NHL captains.

“This is probably one of the proudest days of my career so far,” Wright told reporters upon the announcement. “I think to be viewed in this light both by ownership, by [General Manager] Sandy [Alderson] in the front office, by the coaching staff and probably most importantly by the players is a great deal to me.”

Wright’s guarded the hot corner in Flushing since 2004, and has grown into a quiet leader on the team through playoff prospects and tragic collapses.

Last December, the 30-year-old signed one of the largest contracts in Mets history:  $138 million back-loaded over the next eight years, effectively making him a Met for life.

 

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