Archive for the ‘David Wright’ Category

John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

David Wright is really good at baseball. If you’re reading this, you probably knew this already. For whatever reason, I feel like this fact gets lost in the shuffle from time to time. “Getting lost in the shuffle” is pretty much what playing third base is all about, but it is important to take a moment or two and recognize that, yes, David Wright is really good.

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New York Yankees v New York Mets

David Wright is probably the best player in Mets franchise history. He is also the only non-Matt Harvey player on the Mets currently worth a damn. David Wright is quite good, in other words.

David Wright showed tonight how damn good he is when he lead his Metropolitans to victory over the Yankees in the latest edition of the heated tepid lukewarm ongoing Subway Series. David Wright hit huge triple, a very nice snare at third base, and a game-tying home run in the seventh inning. A huge night by any standard.

As if that wasn’t enough, David Wright also took it upon himself to make the night/month/young life of one diehard fan. Which is to say, David Wright is pretty awesome.

GIF courtesy of @MetsKevin11 via your boy @EarlManwich

St Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

2012 Record: 74-88, 4th NL East
2012 Pythagorean Record: 75-87
Impact Player: 3B David Wright
Impact Pitcher: LHP Jonathan Niese
Top Prospect: RHP Zack Wheeler 

Significant Acquisitions: C Travis d’Arnaud, RHP Shaun Marcum, C John Buck, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Scott Atchison, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Marlon Byrd, OF Collin Cowgill, LHP Aaron Laffey, C Anthony Recker, IF Omar Quintanilla, RHP Greg Burke, RHP Carlos Torres, C Landon Powell 

Significant Departures: RHP R.A. Dickey, CF Andres Torres, RHP Mike Pelfrey, RHP Chris Young, LF Jason Bay, OF Scott Hairston, C Josh Thole, RHP Ramon Ramirez, RHP Jon Rauch, RHP Manny Acosta, IF Ronny Cedeno, RHP Miguel Batista, C Mike Nickeas, C Kelly Shoppach

The New York Mets are smack in the middle of what appears to be a long rebuilding phase. General Manager Sandy Alderson and his administration have so far been able to stave off the rabid New York media and fanbase and are quietly going about their business in a slow and measured manner. New York is coming off their fourth straight losing season and this past winter—more than the first two under Alderson—they started to completely remake the makeup of the franchise.

First, they signed face-of-the-franchise and “team captain” David Wright to an eight-year, $138-million extension ensuring that he’ll be around for the next good Mets team. Then they dealt reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays for a package including top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and right-hander Noah Sydergaard. Combined with an emerging core of prospects that includes righthander Zack Wheeler and shortstop Gavin Cecchini, the Mets system is turning around in a hurry. The Mets will probably be bad for another year or two, but they are quickly setting themselves up to be an NL giant again soon.

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The New York Mets have a predicament on their hands. David Wright, the club’s all-time leader in hits, extra-base hits, walks  and bWAR,  is without a contract beyond the 2013 season. Wright is coming off what is arguably his finest season since 2007, in which he rode a strong first half to a .306/.391/.492 finish with 21 home runs and a .376 wOBA. Now it’s up to the Mets, who are seemingly never truly free of financial turmoil, to decide if giving all the money to the face of the franchise is their best option.

It would appear that the Mets and Wright may not have gotten off to a good start.

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The Orioles mash, the Tigers stand alone in first, Eric Gagne talkin’ DRUGS and the return of Adam Greenberg. Parkes sits this one out with a case of the missing persons, so yours truly steps in to debate whether or not the Mets should extend David Wright for all the years and all the money. Hell, we even talk about Joanie from Happy Days.

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If you were to compile a line graph to illustrate David Wright’s contribution to the New York Mets this season, it would probably most closely resemble the architectural drawings of a ski jump. Wright started the season off strongly, and continued to be one of the most valuable players in the National League through the first three months of the season. Then, quite like a the course of the exhilarating nordic sport, his production declined rapidly after a stunningly league average July.

In the past, we’ve discussed the importance of Andrew McCutchen to the Pittsburgh Pirates, citing the correlation between his successes and failures with that of his team’s. One could easily attach a similar narrative to David Wright and the New York Mets, as his decline in production this season mirrored his club’s winning percentage.

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