David Wright, while at Chelsea Piers on Saturday, also spoke about the departure of Hisanori Takahashi and whether he can envision Jose Reyes playing in another uniform. Here's what Wright had to say on those and other topics:
On the loss of Takahashi: “Although we didn’t have as much success as we would have liked to as a team, there were some bright spots. Taka was one of those bright spots. He did whatever this team asked him to do, whether it was be a long man, be a setup man, be a closer. I think he will be missed. At the same time, the team and Sandy, they have to do what they think is best for this team. If the price wasn’t right, then the price wasn’t right. That’s some of the tough decisions you have to make in this game. Unfortunately, they couldn’t come up with something. Just from hearing what Sandy is talking about, and talking with him the short time I have, it seems like he’s got a very solid plan in place. I really like the direction in the short period of time that it sounds like the team is going in. I’m excited to be a part of that. It’s unfortunate that things sometimes don’t work out the way you or the fans would like them to, but it is what it is and we have to move on. From what I read, he wants to be a starter. I think he can be valuable to a team in a number of different ways. But if we didn’t see him as a starter or his asking price was a little too high, those are the tough decisions. That’s why they get paid the big bucks. Sometimes you have to make tough calls like that. But I think he will go on and be successful because he locates his pitches well and throws a number of different pitches for strikes. He’s not afraid, which I think is very important. He goes right after hitters, even though he doesn’t have tremendously overpowering stuff."
On the change in leadership with the Mets. “It’s unfortunate that kind of the people that the finger were pointed at and were ultimately let go were good people -- and were people that I think would acknowledge there were mistakes and they probably could have done some things better. It’s unfortunate when you see bad things happen to good people, and I think that’s kind of what happened. But I think they would probably understand that this is New York, and you’re expected to win, and when you don’t, sometimes you bear the brunt of that and probably get a lot of fingers pointed at you unfairly. There’s players. We feel responsible. And moving forward I think you almost had to make a change based on what we did the last few years. Like I said, it’s unfortunate that it happened to good people, and you wish them the best.”
On Charlie Samuels’ legal woes: “Unfortunately, that’s his personal matter. I’d prefer to stay out of it and not comment on it. It’s sad, and I wish him the very best. That’s something that’s his personal matter and I’d like to kind of stay out of it.”
What did you make of Ryan Zimmerman as the NL Silver Slugger winner at third base, and Scott Rolen winning the Gold Glove? “It is what it is. I don’t sit there and try to play for individual awards. I guess baseball is one of those things where the numbers speak for themselves -- good and bad, I guess. Both of those guys are very deserving. You try to go out there and have good seasons. If you have a bunch of individuals that have good seasons, normally the team has good seasons. And that’s kind of what the goal is.”
On whether he can imagine Jose Reyes not being with the Mets, since he’s only signed through 2011: “It’s special coming up with an organization, and being through the good and the bad. I think Jose makes me a better player. I think Jose puts our team at a different level. You can tell a difference when he’s in the lineup and not in the lineup. It makes our job a whole heck of a lot easier when he’s doing the things that he can do, one of those run producers in the middle of the lineup. I hope not [that Reyes’ future is elsewhere]. He adds a different dynamic to the team when he’s healthy and he’s out there playing.”
On 2011 preparations: “Pretty soon baseball activities will start where I get back in the cage and I start throwing and taking groundballs and things like that. As of right now, it’s just trying to build that base and that foundation for 162 games. I feel like I’m still relatively young, but each year it’s more and more of a grind to try to stay healthy and stay physically able to go out there and to try to play 162 games. Each year you get a year older and you’ve got to work a little bit harder.”