Yankees SS Derek Jeter announced today that he will retire at the end of this season.
"I was fortunate as a young player in this town to be able to watch how Derek Jeter conducted himself on and off the field," David Wright said in a statement from the Mets. "I've always been a big Derek Jeter fan for what he has done on the baseball field. I became an even bigger fan after getting to know Derek and learning there is more to this game than what goes on between the lines. Excluding the Subway Series, I wish him all the best in his final season."
The topic on MLB Network Radio today was: "In Jeter's absence, who will be baseball's next ambassador?"
They mentioned Troy Tulowitzki, Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout and others. They did not mentioned David Wright, who was team captain for Team USA in the last World Baseball Classic, when he was nicknamed "Captain America."
It's a shame, frankly. Wright has the same class and professionalism as Jeter. He plays in the same market. He has the same respect for the game and his fans. He's passionate about the game, his work, charity efforts and how he's a role model to kids. They were similarly productive hitters. The biggest difference: The rings. The playoff appearances. The annual national spotlight in October.
I wish I could see how MLB would view Wright if he had two or three World Championships, given his personality, the city he plays in and how he handles himself on -- and off -- the field...