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NEW YORK — The 1 http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-travis-wood-jersey ,584th major league game for David Wright was the first one in which he ever thought he was going to throw up while in the on-deck circle. The 1,585th major league game also promises to be an unprecedented experience for Wright, who will make his final appearance in the bigs Saturday night when the New York Mets host the Miami Marlins in the penultimate game of the season for both teams at Citi Field.Jose Urena earned the win by allowing one run over six innings Friday night as the Marlins won the series opener, 8-1.Mets left-hander Steven Matz (5-11, 4.14 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Marlins right-hander Trevor Richards (4-9, 4.66) on Saturday night. But all eyes before, during and after the game will be on Wright, the career-long Met who will be forced to retire after the season due to chronic neck, shoulder and back injuries.Article continues below ...“I’m happy that David got back to the field,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly, whose own career was shortened by back woes. “He’s worked so hard and you hate to see guys battle, battle, battle to not get back to the field. The fact that he worked his way back, I think tells a lot about David, his kind of desire.”Wright’s pinch-hit at-bat in the fifth inning Friday night — he grounded out on the first pitch he saw from Urena — was his first at-bat for the Mets since May 27, 2016, when he went 1-for-4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and struck out against Louis Coleman in his final plate appearance.Wright underwent complicated neck surgery — it was officially termed a “cervical discectomy and fusion surgery” — 20 days later. It was the first of three operations for Wright Jordan Zimmermann Jersey , who had right rotator cuff surgery last Sept. 5 and a lower back operation exactly a month later.Wright recovered well enough to embark upon a three-week rehab assignment in August. But while playing for Class A St. Lucie and Triple-A Las Vegas, he realized his body would not allow him to play any longer.“Physically and the way I feel right now, and from everything that the doctors have told me, there’s not going to be any improvement,” Wright said during a tearful press conference Sept. 13. “So, yeah, I don’t see (continuing his career in 2019) as a possibility.”There were no tears for Wright on Friday, when he and manager Mickey Callaway agreed he would make a pinch-hitting appearance the first time Callaway had to replace the pitcher. But Wright’s dinner nearly made an unexpected appearance in the on-deck circle in the fourth inning, when he was preparing to bat behind Kevin Plawecki. “I bent down for a minute and I was like ‘It might come out,’ ” Wright said with a grin afterward. “My heart felt like it was beating through my chest and I was like ‘I can’t do this right now.'”Fortunately for Wright, Plawecki hit into a fielder’s choice for the final out. The next inning Wright received a standing ovation from the crowd of 27,045 both before and after his at-bat.“I’ve played in a lot of Opening Days and I’ve played in some playoff games and some World Series games and I never felt that type of nervousness that I felt tonight,” Wright said. “Like I said, there were points where I felt like I was pretty close to throwing up, but once it was over and I got a chance to kind of look up a little bit, I wish I could have gotten a hit. But putting (a) 96 (mph fastball) in play isn’t so bad either. Just the reaction from the crowd, I’ll remember that forever.”Wright will receive plenty of ovations Saturday Jose Iglesias Jersey , when the Mets expect a rare sellout. The gates will open at 4:30 p.m. so that fans can watch Wright take batting practice. Callaway said Wright will likely receive two at-bats before being pulled before the top of an inning.Wright is scheduled to spend at least an inning with the Mets’ broadcast crew after he leaves the game. He’ll end the night by addressing the crowd after the final out.As for what he expects?“Just to be able to get in the flow of the game a little bit and to really be able to soak it in and enjoy the moment, I think, is my goal for (Saturday),” Wright said. “A hit wouldn’t hurt. But expectations are low, so I’ll be smiling (Saturday), hits or outs.”The spate of injuries will bring a low-key ending to a career that once appeared destined to land Wright in the Hall of Fame. Through his age-30 season in 2013, Wright had a .301 batting average, a .382 on-base percentage and a .506 slugging percentage in 1,374 games, numbers which compared favorably to George Brett (.316/.370.,503 in 1,358 games) and Chipper Jones (.309/.404/.544 in 1,252 games).“There is a sadness to it,” Callaway said Friday afternoon. “We’re glad he gets to go out there tomorrow and be in front of the fans and in front of his daughters and we’re glad that his hard work paid off. He did everything he could to come back and he’s going to get to show everybody one more time.”Matz didn’t factor into the decision in his most recent start last Sunday, when he gave up three runs over three innings as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals 8-6. Richards earned the win Sunday, when he tossed seven scoreless innings in the Marlins’ 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.Matz is 3-2 with a 3.26 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins, and that includes a 1-0 record and 2.31 ERA in two starts against Mia mi this season.Richards took the loss in his lone outing against the Mets on Sept. 12 Denny McLain Jersey , when he gave up six runs (four earned) over five innings as Miami fell 13-0. Matt Roberts/Getty ImagesCuban siblings Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr. are officially Major League Baseball players after agreeing to a deal with the Miami Marlins:Miami Marlins MarlinsThe Marlins are adding to the familia. xeWSxjjj6oOn Saturday, MLB.com's Jesse SanchezreportedVictor Victor Mesa will receive a signing bonus of more than $5 million and Victor Mesa Jr. will get around $1 million.The Mesa brothers were declared free agents by MLB in September. Both players are under the age of 25 with less than six years of professional experience, making them subject to international signing rules that limit how much they can sign for.At 22 years old, Victor Victor Mesa does have experience playing under the spotlight. He was on Cuba's roster during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, hitting a robust .429/.429/.714 with two doubles and three RBI in six games.MLB.com ranked Mesa, who will likely play center field, as the No. 1 international prospect in the 2018 class:"Overall, Mesa is considered an outstanding defender with a strong arm. He's also a plus runner and scouts like his upside and pedigree. There's the belief that Mesa would be selected in the first round if he was eligible for the Draft, and he's the type of hitter who could be placed at the top of the order. However, there are questions remaining about his hit tool and power potential because he's not considered 'a pure hitter' like fellow Cubans Luis Robert and Yoan Moncada were at the same age."Victor Mesa Jr. will need a lot of seasoning in the minors. He is just 17 years old and didn't make MLB.com's ranking of the top 30 international prospects.Given the reported $6 million investment in both players, this was a no-brainer deal for the Marlins. Victor Victor Mesa has terrific upside and is advanced enough to move quickly through the minors. It wouldn't be a stretch to see him debut at some point early next season.Victor Mesa Jr. is a wild card at this point in his career with years to hone his talents before making a contribution in the big leagues.The Marlins desperately needed to do something this offseason that would build excitement within their fanbase. Their new ownership group that came in last year traded Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna before the start of the 2018 season.Without those three stars in the outfield, Miami posted the National League's worst record (63-98). The fans sent a message by staying away from Marlins Park.The Marlinsranked last in MLB with an average attendance of 10,013 per game and were the first franchise that failed to reach at least one million total fans in a season since the 2004 Montreal Expos.The NL East is on the rise with the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies taking steps forward last season.The Washington Nationals鈥攚ith or without Bryce Harper鈥攕till have a strong nucleus to be in the playoff picture in 2019.Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr. don't solve all of Miami's problems, but they are crucial building blocks for a franchise that needs more talent.
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