Newsday’s Marc Carig noted the record via Twitter:
Standing ovation on that infield single for Wright: 1,419. Most of any Met all time.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) September 27, 2012
Wright, who has played all nine of his major-league seasons for the Mets, passed Ed Kranepool to become the franchise’s all-time leading hitter.
This is the 29-year-old third baseman’s seventh season in which he has recorded at least 164 hits. He has been named to the All-Star team six times during his career, and he's won the Silver Slugger award twice.
Heading into Wednesday’s game against the Pirates, Wright was batting .306 with a .391 on-base percentage and 170 hits. He leads the team in all three statistical categories.
He has been one of the premier offensive players at his position for the majority of his time in MLB, but he has also contributed defensively and won two Gold Glove Awards.
Wright also became a member of the 30-30 club in 2007 by hitting 30 home runs and stealing 34 bases. That year, he posted career highs with 196 hits and a .325 batting average.
In 2012, he has been one of the few bright spots for the team. The Mets, who own a 70-84 record, entered Wednesday 23 games behind the NL East-leading Washington Nationals.
The team is doomed to miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
However, Wright’s record is certainly something to celebrate. He has earned the achievement through dedication that has led to consistent production at the plate during his time with the Mets.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!