It's a topic that's often been debated in New York, but David Wright's leadership is key to the New York Mets' success.
Wright has been a member of the Mets clubhouse since 2004. He's played under four different managers, three different general managers, and an owner that's openly stated to The New Yorker that his third baseman is a "really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”
There are a few popular opinions related to Wright's leadership in the Mets clubhouse. Let's go over some of them.
David Wright's lack of leadership is the reason the Mets have played so poorly since 2009.
David Wright is not the issue for the Mets, and he hasn't been the issue. He isn't the reason the team hasn't won games the last few years. That would be a combination of injuries, poorly assembled bullpens, missed opportunities offensively with runners in scoring position, and simply not having good enough players.
David Wright doesn't show enough emotion to be a leader.
What Wright does when the cameras aren't watching doesn't win or lose baseball games. Wright's leadership was great when the team was eight games over .500 this season, right? You didn't hear a peep about the way Wright handles the clubhouse. When the team struggles, like it has the entire second half, you'll come across a few articles here and there that criticize Wright's abilities as a leader, which are simply barking at the wrong tree.
In fact, with Wright as the primary leader in the clubhouse for the first time in his career, the team has had no reported incidents involving locker room issues. This marks the first year in many that this is the case.