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Strawberry praises Wright, hopes he stays put

Strawberry praises Wright, hopes he stays put

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Strawberry praises Wright, hopes he stays put
NEW YORK -- Former Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry was on hand prior to Friday's game, honoring David Wright for breaking his franchise RBI record. Wright passed Strawberry's mark of 733 RBIs late last month, moving into sole possession of the franchise lead.

"It's just good to see a player of his caliber play the way he's played over the years here," Strawberry said. "For him to break my RBI record, it just makes you think about how good you have to be, and how long you have to play and how healthy you have to be."

Since his retirement, Strawberry has been outspoken about his decision to leave the Mets as a free agent after the 1990 season, calling it one of the greatest regrets of his baseball career. Though he has not spoken with Wright about that in specific terms, he does hope the third baseman will remain in New York after his current contract expires.

"When you play in New York, there's no greater place to play," Strawberry said. "I hated the fact that I ever left. It probably would be a tough decision for him to go somewhere else to play, when you've been in one uniform for such a long period. ... So hopefully, David will stay around."

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