7) David Wright Adds to his Legacy
David Wright has always been a special player for the Mets and becoming first on any all-time list for the franchise just added to it. On April 25th, 2012 Wright became the franchise all-time RBI leader, passing Darryl Strawberry by hitting a go-ahead 2-run home run against the Miami Marlins.
Later that season, Wright became the Mets all-time hits leader. On September 25th, 2012 Wright beat out an infield single against the Pittsburgh Pirates to pass Ed Kranepool for the most hits by a Mets player.
During Spring Training of 2013, the Mets announced that Wright would become the fourth captain in team history. Wright would join other Mets greats Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, and John Franco to all be named the captain of the Mets.
During Wrights 14 year career in New York, he became the face of the franchise and found himself at the top of just about all offensive categories in franchise history. Wright finished fouth in stolen bases, third in batting average, second in home runs and games, first in hits, runs, doubles, RBI, and walks.
If Wright’s career had not been shortened by injury, there’s a good chance he would end up first in the categories he is not and make a sizable lead in the categories he is already first in.
6) Jose Reyes Wins the Batting Title
The early years of the 2010s were pretty rough for the Mets and their fans. In 2011 José Reyes gave the Mets and their fans something to cheer about when he won the batting title. This was the first batting title in Mets history and it came down to the last day of the season which made it even more exciting.
Although Reyes only played in 126 games that year, his 586 plate appearances were enough to qualify for the award. He ended the season with 181 hits which were good for 8th in the National League that year and led the league in triples with 16.
The batting title race came down to the last day of the year between Reyes and Ryan Braun. Going into the last day of the season Reyes led Braun by .001. Reyes laid down a bunt single in his first at-bat and then took himself out of the game to help his chance at the title.
Braun would have had to go 3 for 3 or 3 for 4 that day to overtake Reyes for the league lead. He ended up finishing the day 0 for 4 which ultimately resulted in Reyes winning the batting title, the first and still the only one in Mets history.