David Wright was once the face of the New York Mets, and one of the best third basemen in baseball, but injuries have limited him in recent years.
Throughout the first 10 seasons of his professional baseball career, New York Mets third baseman David Wright was one of the more durable players for the team. An incredible hitter, Wright became the face of the Mets franchise, and was named to seven All-Star Games in an eight-year span. However, he hasn’t been the same since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis back in 2015, and has missed most of the last two seasons.
Wright burst onto the New York scene in the early 2000s, showing so much promise at the plate, and in the field. The slick-fielding Wright ended up winning two Gold Gloves during his time at the hot corner, while also racking up two Silver Slugger Awards. For his efforts, the organization named him team captain back in 2013, the last season he made an All-Star team.
In 2014, Wright batted only .269, his lowest mark since he played in only 102 games back in 2011. The dip in production was blamed on a nagging shoulder injury, as Wright also struggled with the glove, committing a team-best 15 errors. The following season, the third baseman was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, and his career has been on a downward swing ever since.
While Wright missed most of 2015, he returned late in the season, helping lead his Mets teammates to the World Series. Wright hit his first World Series home run off of Yordano Ventura in Game 3, as he went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in. The Mets lost the World Series to the Kansas City Royals, and we haven’t seen much of Wright ever since.
After appearing in 37 games in 2016, and none in 2017, it’s clear the days of Wright being a cog in the middle of the Mets lineup are over. On Friday, Wright told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that he can’t be relied to produce like he used to, and that everything is a concern to him at this point. Diehard Mets fans have seen this coming for a long time, but it doesn’t change how much he has meant to the organization for the last 15 years.
If we have seen the last of Wright in a Mets uniform, he will end his career as arguably the most prolific hitter in franchise history. The 35-year-old is the Mets’ career leader in numerous categories, including hits (1,777), runs batted in (970), doubles (390), total bases (2,945), runs (949) and walks (761), to name a few. He’s also the franchise leader in All-Star Game appearances, and for a generation of Mets fans, the No. 5 will always be synonymous with David Wright.