A Success or a Shame? How Will David Wright’s Career be Remembered?
David Wright is one of the greatest Mets of all-time. Not could've been. Is. That's indisputable. What we'll never know is just how good Wright might have been had he stayed healthy since signing that 8-year, $138 million contract in 2013.
Wright is the franchise leader in at-bats, runs scored, doubles, RBI and walk-off hits. He's second in WAR and home runs, 10 shy of Darryl Strawberry's 252 career homers. Before the string of neck, back and shoulder injuries, all of which required surgeries (some more than one procedure), Wright was on pace for a career that statistically would have put him into the conversation as a Hall of Famer at his position of third base.
Mets fans and knowledgeable baseball fans will remember Wright as a formidable offensive threat with the ability to flash some leather at the hot corner. People who live by Google and Baseball Reference will see a player whose potential was never fulfilled because of his long and frequent stays on the disabled list.
It's both a success and a shame the career of David Wright. In with Tom Seaver, Strawberry, Dwight Gooden and Mike Piazza, Wright's name belongs near the top of the list of all-time great New York Mets.