Even though the New York Mets have won “just” two World Series titles in their MLB existence, they have a rich history filled with incredibly talented players who have forged a strong bond with fans.
One of them is, undoubtedly, third baseman David Wright.
Now happily retired, Wright used to be one of the most talented hitters in the league in the 2000s and 2010s.
On this day, but 19 years ago, he made his big league debut, according to SNY.
David Wright made his MLB debut 19 years ago today.pic.twitter.com/p0i9pypZ9P
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) 21 July 2023
Unfortunately, Wright’s career was also marred by injuries.
From 2015 to 2018, a series of physical problems limited him to 77 games over a span of four seasons, and he then retired.
Nevertheless, let’s focus on his impact on the field for the Mets.
In that 2004 campaign he made his MLB debut, Wright hit .293/.332/.525 with 14 home runs in 69 games.
He did so as a 21-year-old future star with more potential than the league was about to find out.
He was part of the team that suffered a heartbreaking loss in the 2006 NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, and that reached the World Series in 2015.
Wright probably deserved to win the 2007 NL MVP award, and he went on to receive two Gold Glove Awards, two Silver Slugger Awards, and seven All-Star berths.
He retired with a .296/.376/.491 line, 242 home runs, and 196 stolen bases.
He was one of the most capable and complete hitters of his time, and Mets fans love him.
He is “The Captain” for them and his impact on the franchise was huge when he was active.
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