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Mets: Captain Consistency David Wright’s prime years 2005-2008

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets waits to take batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 09, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets waits to take batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 09, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The best years of David Wright’s career with the New York Mets took place from 2005-2008. Let’s venture back to those glory days and enjoy Captain Consistency’s early years.

David Wright will likely call it a career this winter. This week, the longtime New York Mets third baseman is set to play in an MLB game for the first time since May of 2016.

Long before he was battling through injuries, Wright was an elite third baseman well on his way toward Cooperstown. Unfortunately, his career was cut short.

However, even in the final few years when he wasn’t at his best or on the field regularly, Wright did something quite remarkable. He hit with consistency. In all 13 of his MLB seasons, Wright finished with an OPS+ over 100. This is a simple indicator of his overall offensive totals dependent on the ballpark he plays in.

While the OPS+ doesn’t truly measure his greatness, other numbers do. Specifically, it’s those he put together in his prime years from 2005-2008.

I think we forget how young Wright was back then. By 2008, he was only Noah Syndergaard‘s age and he had already accomplished a lot.

Even following those prime years of his career, Wright continued to play awesome baseball. Captain Consistency drove home runs, hit for a good average, and led the Mets on and off the field.

Keep your arms, feet, and head inside the vehicle at all times. We’re about to venture back to the early years of David Wright to appreciate those wonderful glory days.

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