David Wright's Place in the Mets' Past, Present and Future

April 19, 2012 12:00 AM

David Wright's Place in the Mets' Past, Present and Future

" The easiest way to understand the existential angst that hovers over the Mets franchise is to look at their career leaders in hitting categories.

There are some wonderful players on those lists, from Darryl Strawberry to Mike Piazza to Jose Reyes -- but, outside of Ed Kranepool, none of them have been Mets for their entire career. Well, except for David Wright.

During an otherwise miserable Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta, Wright tied Strawberry for first place on the franchise list for runs batted in with 733. He's first in a bunch of other categories and ranks no lower than sixth (stolen bases) in any statistic that you'd recognize as one of the counting stats around which baseball has been built.

Does that make him the best position player in the history of the franchise? Strawberry was more impressive offensively and playing catcher probably gives Piazza an edge, but you're not going to get much guff if you made the case for Wright "

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