Playing his entire career with the New York Mets, David Wright would become one of the better Third Baseman in his time in baseball.
Now that the Baseball regular season is over we know that there will be significant retirements occurring in the next few months but on the last weekend we knew that we saw that end of David Wright’s career. Wright played two games after coming back from serious injury that prematurely ended his 2016 season. Those were his first games back in 855 days
Wright made his Major League debut in 2004 with the New York Mets, which would be the only franchise that he ever played for. Wright would prove to very good hitter as he batted .300 five times in a row (2005-09) and two more (2012-13) and he put forth decent power numbers with five 25 Home Run seasons. He would finish in the top ten in National League MVP voting four times and was a two time Silver Slugger and two time Gold Glove winner.
Wright retires with 1,777 Hits, 242 Home Runs a .296/.376/.491 Slash Line and a bWAR of 50.4. He is Hall of Fame eligible in 2024 and it will be interesting to see what percentage of the votes that he will tabulate. It will be difficult for the seven time All Star to get past the first round as while he has solid metrics in both traditional and advanced statistics but they accumulatively do not measure up to other Hall of Fame Third Basemen.
While we don’t think he will be enshrined in Cooperstown there is a good chance that he will receive a post career honor by the New York Mets.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish David Wright the best in his post-playing career.
Yes, we know that this is taking a while!
As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team. That being said, we have existing Top 50 lists out and we always consistently look to update them when we can and based on necessity. As such, we are very happy to present the first revision of our top 50 New York Mets of all-time.
As for all of our top 50 players in baseball we look at the following:
1. Advanced Statistics.
2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the National League.
3. Playoff accomplishments.
4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.
This is the first time that we have revised this specific list, which was first put up in 2016, and there are many changes, one of which affecting the top five.
Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories, which has altered the rankings considerably.
This list is updated up until the end of the 2019 Season.
The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article. They are:
1. Tom Seaver
3. David Wright
5. Jacob deGrom
The top four remains unchanged, but DeGrom ascent was astronomical, as he was at #40 when we put out our first Mets list in 2016. Two straight Cy Youngs will do that!
Beyond DeGrom, the other significant jump was Noah Syndergaard, who jumped from #50 to #31.
We welcome your input and commentsand as always, we thank you for your support.
We are excited to unveil another new section here at Notinhalloffame.com. We always look to the future, and as such, it is with great excitement that we unveil our write-ups on the Baseball Futures of 2024. Specifically, this is in reference to the former baseball players who will be eligible for Cooperstown in 2024.
They are set up so that you can cast your votes and offer your opinions before they become officially eligible.
The formers players who are eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2024 are:
Adrian Beltre: From the Dominican Republic, Beltre has a great shot for early induction as the Third Baseman is a member of the 3,000 Hit Club, won five Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers and was a four-time All-Star. Beltre has 377 career Home Runs, 1,707 RBIs, and his plaque will look good with that Texas Rangers cap.
Adrian Gonzalez: Gonzalez was a five-time All-Star who also won two Silver Sluggers and four Gold Gloves. “A-Gon” had 2,050 Hits, with 317 of them being Home Runs. He was also the American League leader in Hits (213) in 2011.
Alcides Escobar: Escobar played in the Majors for 11 years, and in 2015 he won the World Series with Kansas City. That year, the Shortstop was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner.
Bartolo Colon: Colon played 21 years in the Majors, with runs in Cleveland, Montreal, Chicago (AL), Anaheim, Boston, New York (AL), Oakland, New York (NL), Atlanta, Minnesota and Texas, but he never felt like a journeyman, as a Colon start was an event. The big man was a four-time All Star, a Cy Young winner and had 247 Wins with 2,535 Strikeouts.
Brad Ziegler: Ziegler was a reliever throughout his career, and in 2013 and 2018 he led the league in Games Pitched.
Brandon Morrow: As a Blue Jay in 2011, Morrow led the AL in SO/BB. He had a career record of 51-43.
Brandon Phillips: Phillips was a three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove recipient and he had 2,029 career Hits and 211 Home Runs.
Chase Headley: Headley had 1,337 Hits and was a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger.
Chase Utley: Utley was a six-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and he had three top-ten finishes for the MVP. A World Series Champion with the Phillies in 2008, Utley accrued 1,885 Hits, 259 Home Runs and 1,025 RBI.
Chris Tillman: Tillman was a ten-year vet (all with Baltimore) and an All-Star in 2013.
David Wright: Wright played all fourteen of his MLB years as a New York Met, where he was a seven-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger and two-time Gold Glove winner. The Third Baseman had four top-ten finishes in MVP voting and totaled 242 Home Runs with 1,777 Hits.
Denard Span: Span was an 11-year vet who led the National League in Hits once and Triples twice.
Doug Fister: Fister had an 83-92 record over a ten-year career.
James Shields: Shields was an All-Star in 2011 when he was second in Cy Young voting. He would fan 2,234 batters with a 145-139 record.
Jim Johnson: Johnson was an All-Star in 2012 and he was also the Reliever of the Year. That season and 2013 saw Johnson lead the American League in Saves and he would accrue 178 in total.
John Axford: In 2011, Axford Reliever of the Year, was an All-Star and led the American League in Saves. He had 144 career Saves.
Jose Bautista: After years of mediocrity, Bautista exploded as a Toronto Blue Jay where he won two Home Run Titles, six All-Star, three Silver Sluggers and four top-eight MVP finished. Bautista had 344 career Home Runs.
Jose Reyes: Reyes won the National League Batting Title in 2011, and was a four-time All-Star and three-time leader in Stolen Bases. Reyes had 2,138 career Hits and 517 Stolen Bases.
Matt Holliday: A seven-time All-Star, Holliday blasted 316 Home Runs with 1,220 RBIs. Also, a four-time Silver Slugger, Holliday helped the Cardinals win the 2011 World Series Championship, and he had a career Slash Line of .299/.379/.510.
Phil Hughes: Hughes was a World Series Champion in 2009 and All-Star in 2010 with the Yankees, but his best season was in Minnesota where in 2014 he finished seventh in Cy Young voting. Hughes had a career record of 88-79.
Ryan Madson: Madson pitched in 740 Games and won two World Series Rings; one with Philadelphia (2008) and another with Kansas City (2015).
Santiago Casilla: Casilla played for Oakland and San Francisco, and with the latter the Relief Pitcher won three World Series Rings (2010, 2012 & 2014). He had 144 Saves over his career.
Victor Martinez: Martinez was a five-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger who had 246 Home Runs and 1,178 RBIs over his career.
Yovani Gallardo: Gallardo played most of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers where he was an All-Star in 2010. He had a career record of 121-101.
The entire 2024 eligibles can be found here.
When you can, cast your vote and give us your opinions, as this will shape where we will rank them once eligible.
As always, we thank you for your support.
In a tumultuous year that was not normal for anything and everything including baseball, one thing that might be back to normal is voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Granted, the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has 14 returning candidates, with just about every one of them owning cases for induction that range from borderline to compelling.