David Wright Leading NL Third Baseman in All-Star Votes

By Matt Musico

All of us who are fans of the Mets and watch them on a daily basis have seen the transformation that David Wright has gone through this year after he experienced some up-and-down times since the team made Citi Field their new home. Despite his tough times at the plate in Flushing, Wright finished out the decade with five All-Star selections from ’05-’10, being named a starter four times. Due to inconsistent play and injuries, the Mets third baseman didn’t get an All-Star nod in 2011 for the first time since his rookie season in 2004. He’s made his presence felt this year, and he’s currently the leading All-Star vote getter at third base.

Major League Baseball released their first official ballot update Tuesday, as fans have until the night of June 28th to cast their vote before the All-Star selection show airs on TBS July 1st. As of right now, Wright has received 856, 877 votes to be on the top of the leader board at his position. However, last year’s NLCS and World Series MVP, David Freese, is hot on his tail; the Cardinals third baseman trails Wright by only 32, 086 votes, and Chipper Jonesis down by 129,168 votes in third place.

At this point, it’s fitting that Wright leads the votes at his position, because he’s clearly been performing the best out of anyone at third base. You’ve heard fans at Citi Field start the “M-V-P” chants for their franchise player, and if he continues playing at the level he is, he could be in the running to be the first Met to ever win that award. Just how good has Wright been playing this year? Well, at this point, he leads all NL third baseman in batting average (.362), on-base percentage (.465), slugging percentage (.585), hits (68), doubles (19), runs scored (37), and walks (44). Not to be a slouch in the other areas of his game, Wright ranks in the top-five in every other offensive category amongst NL third baseman, including home runs (7), RBI (33), and stolen bases (5). Oh, and he still has more walks than strikeouts- no big deal.

In addition to all of these gaudy statistics, Wright has also become the leader in career RBI and most recently, runs scored in New York Mets history. So, he’s not only having a season to remember, but he’s breaking career records, with Ed Kranepool’s franchise hits record next on his hit list (no pun intended), as he’s only 102 base knocks away from that mark as well.

I could keep talking about why David Wright should continue to lead the All-Star voting through the rest of this month, but I could go on for days. It will be nice to see him return to the mid-summer classic after his short absence, since he is the best ambassador the Mets have to offer. As of right now, he’s the only Met to crack the top-five in fan voting, but since pitchers and bench players aren’t on the ballot, Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey, the team’s next best candidates to get the All-Star nod, haven’t been able to receive any votes. Make sure you cast your vote (you can vote up to 25 times) to have Wright represent the Mets at the 83rd MLB All-Star game!