Mets History

5 Mets players who have earned a statue outside Citi Field

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2) NY Mets third baseman David Wright

Some could say that David Wright was on the pace of a Hall of Fame type of career when he was the starting third baseman. Unfortunately, injuries may have cost Wright from being regarded as one of the best third basemen in MLB history. However, he is undoubtedly one of the best players to grace the Mets' uniform.

The 21-year-old had a stellar rookie year in 2004. But really put his foot on the peddle from 2005-2008. During that stretch, he batted .311 with 116 home runs, 86 stolen bases, making three trips to the All-Star Game and two Gold Glove awards. Although the team was short of a trip to the World Series in 2006, he played a massive role in what is often regarded as one of the best eras in Mets history.

Wright continued to play very well in his mid-to-late twenties. In 2013, he was named the fourth-ever captain in team history. He joined Hernandez, Carter, and John Franco, that held that honor.

Wright battled injuries late in his career, and after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis during the 2015 season, it was difficult for him to stay on the field. Despite the diagnosis, Wright did everything he could to return to the field for his team and the fans.

Wright would make a late August return during the '15 season. He ended the year with 152 plate appearances batting .289 as the Mets would win their second National League East title of his career.

Wright and the Mets would go on to win their first National League pennant together but fall short in the World Series. But one memory Mets fans can appreciate from that series is the Game 3 home run at Citi Field from none other than "The Captain" himself.

From growing up in Virginia rooting for the Mets to becoming their most iconic franchise players, Wright may have fulfilled his childhood dream despite not winning a championship.

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