Stacking Up: Where Does David Wright Rank?

Michael GanciCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

People often forget that David Wright is still just 26 years old. Wright, now regarded as one of the premier third basemen in the game, is already high in the ranks of Mets all time, and he may own a bunch of records when all is said and done.

People also forget the things he does. Besides taking the last two Gold Glove awards, David has produced at least 25 homers and 40 doubles in three straight seasons.

How many people have ever done that? Try two. Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals is the other guy. He also has stolen at least 15 bases per year in that span and has scored at least 180 runs per year.

But where does that rank? Wright’s 468 runs ranks 10th in Mets history. He still has a little less than 200 runs to catch the leader in Darryl Strawberry, but a certain teammate of his might beat him there first, and that, of course, would be Jose Reyes. His 823 hits ranks him 12th in Mets history.

He still has about 600 hits to go before he is anywhere near the Mets’ current leader, Ed Kranepool. His 184 doubles are sixth all time for the Mets, and he has about 60 to go to reach Kranepool. I would imagine that he will reach the milestone some time in 2010.

David’s 130 homers rank him fifth on the all-time list, and he still has a ways to go to catch the leader, Strawberry. The Straw Man has 122 more than Wright, so you’d think it could happen some time during the 2012 season.

The bottom line is that by say 2013, when Wright is just 30 years old, he may own a plethora of Mets records, and he could possibly be destined for the Hall of Fame. I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch, but based on Wright's young age and his statistics thus far, it's a safe bet that he'll do well for many more years.