April 18, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) drives in a run in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

David Wright Continues His Onslaught of the Mets Record Books


David Wright has gotten off to a torrid start; a start so hot that even a fractured pinkie won’t keep him out of the lineup. He’s brought balance to a Mets lineup that is still above .500, a surprise to most. However, this team wouldn’t be where they are right now without the out-of-this-world performance by their franchise third baseman (.500/.550/.706). Fans have been screaming from the mountaintops for years about how Wright and Reyes would go down as the most successful Mets of all time, statistically speaking. Now that Jose Reyes is a Marlin (still sounds weird), that leaves Wright as the one player that has the opportunity to become the leader in virtually every offensive category, if he’s signed to a long-term deal, that is.

Wright drove in three runs yesterday afternoon against the Braves to bring his career total to 733, which is tied at the top of New York’s all-time list with the great Darryl Strawberry. Since he’s already the franchise leader in doubles (282), I decided to take a look at where he ranks among Mets greats in other major offensive categories, and if he gets a deal from the front office, he will be able to re-write the record books at Citi Field. Here is where he currently stands in the following categories, and who he’s chasing:

Offensive Category

David Wright’s Total

Current Ranking

Franchise Leader

Runs

704

2nd

Jose Reyes (735)

Hits

1265

3rd

Ed Kranepool (1,418)

Doubles

282

1st

David Wright (282)

Triples

17

T-17th

Jose Reyes (99)

Home Runs

185

4th

Darryl Strawberry (252)

Runs Batted In

733

T-1st

Darryl Strawberry (733)

Walks

540

4th

Darryl Strawberry (580)

Stolen Bases

151

6th

Jose Reyes (370)

Batting Average

.302

2nd

John Olerud (.315)

On-Base Percentage

.381

4th

John Olerud (.425)

Slugging Percentage

.509

3rd

Mike Piazza (.542)

 

It’s safe to assume that Wright isn’t going to polish off his PF Flyers enough to try and chase after Jose Reyes’ records of most career triples or stolen bases, but if he stays with the Mets for the rest of his career, the rest of these records are well within reach for the third baseman. Now that he has found his swing that had gotten him to this point in his career, the sky is the limit for Wright. Sandy Alderson said back in February that Wright’s future isn’t dependent on the current performance of the team, as it was for Carlos Beltran last year. I mean, Alderson isn’t an idiot; he knows how much Wright means to this franchise and how much of a hit they took when Reyes wasn’t re-signed to a long-term deal over the winter. This is a player who is no doubt, the face of the organization; now that he is the longest tenured Met, the leadership role has become easier, making him the go-to guy for a young team.

If Wright is able to stay healthy in 2012, he will easily become the franchise leader in three of these offensive categories we’ve been talking about: runs scored, runs batted in (duh), and walks. Depending on how good of a season he has, he could get close to passing Ed Kranepool’s career hits mark, but that will most likely be a stage set for next season. The fact that he ranks in the top-1o in team history in 10 different offensive categories just boggles my mind. We don’t realize how productive a player has been over his career until we take a look at his lifetime stats.

Sam Maxwell, one of our staff writers here at Rising Apple, said it best this week regarding Wright’s contract status with the team: now is the time to lock him up. He’s got everything we need: the drive, determination, leadership qualities, and selfless attitude. We’ll see how this situation plays out as we get deeper into the year and we see how Wright performs, but that $16 million option for next year isn’t going away anytime soon.

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