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Mets Hall of Fame Candidates: Who makes it to Cooperstown next?

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NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Former Mets players Mike Piazza and Tom Seaver greet fans before throwing out the first pitch of the San Diego Padres against the New York Mets during opening day at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea stadium as the Mets home field. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Former Mets players Mike Piazza and Tom Seaver greet fans before throwing out the first pitch of the San Diego Padres against the New York Mets during opening day at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea stadium as the Mets home field. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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David Wright, 3B, 2004-2018

Year of eligibility: 2024

David Wright was the model of what a ballplayer should be. From 2004-2018, the Captain led by example with his excellence both on and off the field. Wright is the Mets all-time leader in nearly every offensive category (Darryl Strawberry still holds the HR record) and one of only four captains in Mets history. He spent his entire career with the Mets.

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Wright was on track for a Hall of Fame career. However, much like Don Mattingly, injuries stole several years of Wright’s career; he never played more than 120 games after the 2012 season and was not nearly as productive when on the field.

Was his production early in his career enough to earn him a plaque in Cooperstown? Let’s examine. David Wright’s OPS+ (133) is higher than that of Hall of Famer Wade Boggs. Only two Hall of Fame third basemen have fewer hits than Wright and his 242 career HRs is also not a very strong mark compared to other Hall of Fame third baseman. Simply put, injury stole sever years of Wright’s prime.

Despite all this, one could still make the argument that Wright belongs in the Hall of Fame. Wright hit 204 HRs in his first 1,262 games. Mike Schmidt played 2,404 games. Had Wright played 2,400 games, he would have been on pace to hit 387 HR, which would have ranked 7th all-time among third basemen. Wright went on to hit another 38 HRs in his remaining 323 games. Wright was the best third baseman in baseball from 2005-2010.

Wright had five seasons with 25-plus home runs, 15-plus stolen bases, and 100-plus RBIs. That’s tied with Alex Rodriguez for the most such seasons by a third baseman in MLB history.

There is a laundry list of stats that show Wright’s value and production during that time span. Truly one of the most exciting third basemen to ever take the field, his fate will be in the hands of the voters.

One of the most comparable players to him would be Scott Rolen, who received just over 17% of the vote this season. While his induction may seem unlikely simply due to a shortened career, Wright will go down as one of the greatest Mets of all-time.

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