David Wright: Does he Deserve to be an All-Star?
There is no doubt the Mets would not be in the position they are without the contributions of the whole team.
However, much of their recent success is due to David Wright, who has been an RBI machine, leading the National League with 57.
Fans all over the country are on a campaign to get Wright into the 2010 All Star Game. Placido Polanco of the Phillies is currently the top vote-getter for NL third basemen, but it is possible that Wright could catch or surpass Polanco before voting concludes on July 1, 2010.
Should Wright be selected to the All Star Team, it would be his fifth consecutive time in the mid-summer classic.
He has always represented himself and the Mets well (4 for 11) during the Game and even placed second behind Ryan Howard in 2006 during the Home Run Derby.
In 2008, he was warming up in the bullpen to pitch in the event that the game went to 16 innings. Omar Minaya and the Mets management would not have been happy in the least to see him pitch during the All Star Game for fear of injury.
However, it does prove that he is willing to do anything his manager asks him to do in the sake of winning a game, and that is something that any professional athlete should strive for in their career.
After a slow and frustrating, start where the strikeouts mounted at an alarming rate, Wright has been putting the ball into play more, but still ranks third in the NL with 85 K's.
Last night, he struck out with the bases loaded and the potential winning run on second base in the seventh inning, but in all fairness he already had two hits on the night.
His hits included a third inning single which moved Jesus Feliciano to third base who later scored when Ike Davis hit into a double play and an RBI double. Wright scored a run after hustling from second to home on Jason Bay's single to center field.
Last August he was beaned by a Matt Cain fastball and was for good reason extremely nervous in the batter's box. He is recently showing more confidence, which could explain his resurgence a the plate.
After a 2009 season in which Wright only had 10 HRs with a Slugging Percentage of .447, he has already exceeded that amount in 2010 with 12 HRs, and a Slugging Percentage of .519 with an OBP of .382.
Wright is also making plays on the field. Since being benched last month after a three strikeout night but more damaging was that he allowed the Braves to score the winning run on a throwing error, he has since tightened his glove and has just one mishap over that span.
His Fielding Percentage is .962 and has made eight errors in 157 attempts over the first 70 games.
Many fans may not feel Wright is deserving of All-Star consideration because of the high strikeouts. However, that one statistic does not detract from his current contributions and how they have been instrumental in the Mets recent rise to second place in the NL East.
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