You would THINK New York Mets captain David Wright would be an automatic Hall of Famer
During the six-year stretch from 2005-2010, Wright hit for a .305 clip averaging 40 doubles, 25 home runs, 104 RBI, 22 stolen bases, 99 runs scored, with an OBP of .386. He became a member of the 30-30 club in 2007 when he hit 30 home runs and stole 34 bases.
The injuries took their toll on his body and Wright was zapped of his power. Robbed of a big part of his career in his prime due to spinal stenosis, he still put up some pretty respectable numbers and had a stretch of years that made him the premier third baseman in baseball.
Wright only played eight seasons where he got at least 500 at bats. He was a seven-time All Star, two-time Silver Slugger and won two Gold Glove awards. He retired with a career average of .296, 246 home runs, 970 RBI, 196 stolen bases, and OBP of .376.
Ralph Kiner, the beloved Mets broadcaster gained entry into the Hall after an abbreviated 10-year career, one cut short due to…a bad back. Wright has comparable stats to the third basemen in the Hall, and it could be said that he was a whole lot better than guys like Ron Santo and Scott Rolen. Certainly, if Wright wasn’t cut down at the age of 31, he could have put up some more attractive numbers.
It begs the question…is what Wright did enough to gain entry into the Hall of Fame? Using the logic vested in Kiner, one would think so.