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New York Mets: Top five third basemen in franchise history

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 18: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets rounds the bases in the ninth inning afafter hitting his second home run of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 18, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 5-2. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 18: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets rounds the bases in the ninth inning afafter hitting his second home run of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 18, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 5-2. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 29: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets takes the field for the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 29, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

1) David Wright

There’s no doubt about who the greatest third baseman in Mets history is. David Wright is an all-time Mets great and the best to ever play the hot corner. In fact, on my list of the 30 greatest Mets of all-time, he was behind only Tom Seaver.

Wright’s accomplishments include seven All-Star selections, a pair of Gold Gloves, and a pair of Silver Sluggers. His .296/.376/.491 batting line is tremendous. It’s just a part of the totals he amassed during his years playing ball.

Wright is the franchise’s leader in WAR, hits, total bases, runs batted in, and several other offensive categories. You could create a new statistic and find him at the top of the list. He was that great.

The one thing missing from Wright’s career is the MVP. He came closest to winning it in 2007 when a fourth-place finish gave him his best shot.

Not only was he a great player, but Wright also represented the Mets well as a person. He’s about as likable as any athlete can be. Even non-Mets fans could gush over the Captain.

Unfortunately, Wright’s career was cut short due to injuries. A comeback in 2018 which lasted for three plate appearances did give fans some closure, but we’re still left wondering what could have been.

Wright is a borderline Hall of Fame player who will sadly fall short because of those last years at the end. Though Cooperstown may never honor him with a plaque, Wright’s future with the Mets should include a number retirement and maybe one day, a statue.

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