David Wright Is Now Mets' All-Time RBI Leader: What Other Records Will He Break?
In just about seven full seasons, Wright has knocked in 735 runners and is poised to become the first Met with 1,000 RBI.
But that depends on one thing, a big thing.
Wright is signed through this season, and the Mets have a team option for 2013. Wright would be paid $16 million for that year if the team exercises it, or they can cop out and opt out with a $1 million buyout.
Or, the team could throw in for that extra year, but not offer an extension. According to Mike Mazzeo over at ESPN New York, Wright "reiterated to reporters Friday that he has had 'zero' talks with the Mets about a contract extension."
That would be a travesty, and, financial problems or not, a final insult to the fanbase after not even offering Jose Reyes a deal.
The Wilpons should sell the team before selling who will, undoubtedly, become the greatest offensive player in New York Mets history.
Better than Darryl Strawberry. Better than Jose Reyes. Better than Ed Kranepool. Better than Mike Piazza.
If an extension swings Wright's way, and he remains relatively healthy, he will become the franchise's all-time leader in just about every offensive category.
Doubles: David Wright
David Wright already owns the Mets' career record for doubles.
He stands at 282 and counting, having surpassed Ed Kranepool's 225 in 2010.
Wright's been a little off at Citi Field, but for the four years between 2005 and 2008, he smacked 40 or more two-baggers a season.
Can he pass 500 doubles? It's definitely possible.
Games and at-Bats: Ed Kranepool
Ed Kranepool played his entire 18-year career in a New York Mets uniform, from the very beginning in 1962 through the 1969 championship and 1973 Series, until 1979. He's as true Blue and Orange as it gets.
Consequently, he's played in the most games as a Met and has the most at-bats.
Depending on the length of Wright's career, David may be able to pass Big Ed. He's a long way off though—over 700 games. That's five years of injury-free ball.
But Wright is only 29, and if he finishes up in powder-blue pinstripes, he will crack that mark.
As for at-bats, that record is going to fall a lot sooner. Kranepool holds the lead over Wright by only 1,200 or so. That's less than three years of ball.
Why the disparity between games and at-bats? Well, that's due to this...
Strikeouts: Darryl Strawberry
David Wright has struck out 300 more times than Ed Kranepool, averaging more than 100 a season over his career.
Kranepool struck out half as much, about 50 times a year.
Now, Wright is just 53 Ks away from taking over from Darryl Strawberry (960) as the Mets' all-time leader in whiffs.
But let's get back to some positive offensive records David will break. The following two he'll also break this year...
Runs: Jose Reyes
Before cutting town, Jose Reyes crossed the plate more than any other Met—735 times. The guy just produced runs.
But Wright is right there, just 28 runs behind.
Eventually Wright will become a 1,000-Run/1,000-RBI man for the team, if he stays.
Hits: Ed Kranepool
Wright needs exactly 150 hits to pass Kranepool to become the team's all-time leader.
If he does it this year, which he should, he will have done it in less than half the time.
All those hits add up to a solid lifetime average...
Batting Average: John Olerud
The Mets have never been known for batting average. Reyes was the team's first batting champ, and he squeaked it out with a bunt and early exit.
John Olerud batted .315 in his time here,and David Wright is bobbing just above .300 at .301—that's it. Those are the only two players in Mets history (50th anniversary this year) to have lifetime averages over .300.
It will be tough to catch Olerud. Essentially, Wright would have to raise his career average 15 points in his later years.
But Olerud was a Met for just three seasons and has 2,600 fewer at-bats as a Met than Wright.
One can surely argue Wright's average is a truer representation of the franchise's all-time mark.
Home Runs: Darryl Strawberry
David Wright is just 66 home runs shy of Strawberry's team mark of 252.
Wright's power has been on the wane recently, but with Citi Field's fences moved in, and if he averages about 15 or so a year for the next four seasons, he'll be right there.
Next stop: first Met with 300 homers?
(P.S. David is just 35 walks behind Darryl for the all-time lead, too)
With all these records falling before David Wright, what's next?
Retired Number: Tom Seaver, Mike Piazza?
There's a lot at stake with signing David Wright.
If he gets, say, a five-year extension after 2013 he will wind up becoming the greatest Mets hitter of all time.
Wright will really need to turn it on to make the Hall of Fame. As of now, that is not in the cards. League leaderships, awards and stronger stats are needed. Maybe a title.
But for sure, if Wright is a lifelong Met, or for at least another six years or so, he will very deservedly get his No. 5 retired. It will hang beside Tom Seaver's No. 41, and (maybe?) Mike Piazza's No. 31.
These three would be the only Mets players to have their numbers retired.
Mr. Wilpon: Extend Mr. Wright as soon as possible.