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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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David Wright in 2006

At 23-years-old, Wright took the field in 2006 fresh off his first full season. His numbers for this year were eerily similar with a few improvements and a couple of numbers dropping slightly.

From the numbers the grew, Wright raised his batting average up to .311 and stole 20 bases. Although he hit one less home run and two fewer doubles, Wright managed to finished with 116 RBI. He struck out 113 times for the second consecutive and again wrapped up the year with a .912 OPS, matching his total exactly from the 2005 season.

This time around, Wright managed to earn his way onto the All-Star team for the first time in his career. Thereafter, playing in this game would become a common occurrence for the kid from Virginia.

As a team, 2006 was much better. Even with the loss of Piazza, the offense managed to carry the ballclub.

Carlos Delgado smashed 38 home runs while Carlos Beltran tied the franchise record with 41 of his own. Still a kid growing into a leadership role, Wright had a supportive lineup of power threats around him.

Also on the left side of the infield, fellow youngster Jose Reyes had a year of his own to remember. Reyes swiped 64 bags for the Mets, aiding them in a run to the NLCS. Things ended badly with a game seven loss against the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite four Mets finished in the top 12 of the MVP voting, the season washed away due to its ending.

Thanks to Wright’s continued progress, it looked like the Mets could come back and compete for a few more years.

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