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Birth Date12-20-1982
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age35 years, 7 months, 2 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 NYN 21 69 283 263 41 77 17 1 14 138 14 40 3 3 0 40 6 0 .293 .332 .525 .290 21.6 2.4 2.4
2005 NYN 22 160 657 575 99 176 42 1 27 301 72 113 7 3 0 102 17 7 .306 .388 .523 .321 67.8 4.9 7.4
2006 NYN 23 154 661 582 96 181 40 5 26 309 66 113 5 8 0 116 20 5 .311 .381 .531 .317 68.3 -9.8 5.7
2007 NYN 24 160 711 604 113 196 42 1 30 330 94 115 6 7 0 107 34 5 .325 .416 .546 .324 76.4 4.7 8.0
2008 NYN 25 160 735 626 115 189 42 2 33 334 94 118 4 11 0 124 15 5 .302 .390 .534 .330 80.4 -2.9 7.8
2009 NYN 26 144 618 535 88 164 39 3 10 239 74 140 3 6 0 72 27 9 .307 .390 .447 .299 48.5 -10.0 3.9
2010 NYN 27 157 670 587 87 166 36 3 29 295 69 161 2 12 0 103 19 11 .283 .354 .503 .317 59.8 -1.2 6.1
2011 NYN 28 102 447 389 60 99 23 1 14 166 52 97 3 3 0 61 13 2 .254 .345 .427 .289 24.5 -12.4 1.3
2012 NYN 29 156 670 581 91 178 41 2 21 286 81 112 3 5 0 93 15 10 .306 .391 .492 .315 58.7 2.8 6.5
2013 NYN 30 112 492 430 63 132 23 6 18 221 55 79 5 2 0 58 17 3 .307 .390 .514 .326 49.8 3.9 5.8
2014 NYN 31 134 586 535 54 144 30 1 8 200 42 113 4 5 63 8 5 .269 .324 .374 .258 13.8 -2.9 1.2
2015 NYN 32 38 174 152 24 44 7 0 5 66 22 36 0 0 0 17 2 1 .289 .379 .434 .315 17.1 -4.2 1.4
2016 NYN 33 37 164 137 18 31 8 0 7 60 26 55 0 0 0 14 3 2 .226 .350 .438 .298 10.8 -0.8 1.0
Career158368685996949177739026242294576112924565097019665.296.376.491.310597.5-25.358.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2001 KNG Rk 35 134 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .373 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CMB A 135 582 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SLU A+ 133 549 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYN MLB 69 283 .290 .267 .329 .428 .264 .297 93 9.4 8.4 1.2 2.4 2.6 21.6 2.4 21.6 2.4
2004 BIN AA 60 272 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .413 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NOR AAA 31 134 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NYN MLB 160 657 .321 .265 .327 .417 .260 .340 95 42.6 18.9 2.6 4.9 3.7 67.8 7.4 67.8 7.4
2006 NYN MLB 154 661 .317 .271 .339 .441 .270 .344 90 42.5 19.9 2.6 -9.8 3.3 68.3 5.7 68.3 5.7
2007 NYN MLB 160 711 .324 .269 .333 .426 .260 .356 99 50.4 21.1 2.9 4.7 2.0 76.4 8.0 76.4 8.0
2008 NYN MLB 160 735 .330 .264 .331 .416 .263 .321 94 54.9 21.2 2.8 -2.9 1.5 80.4 7.8 80.4 7.8
2009 NYN MLB 144 618 .299 .262 .329 .414 .262 .394 95 25.8 17.8 2.4 -10.0 2.4 48.5 3.9 48.5 3.9
2010 NYN MLB 157 670 .317 .255 .320 .399 .265 .335 90 38.8 18.5 2.4 -1.2 0.1 59.8 6.1 59.8 6.1
2011 NYN MLB 102 447 .289 .253 .311 .395 .259 .302 95 12.9 12.1 1.7 -12.4 -2.1 24.5 1.3 24.5 1.3
2011 SLU A+ 6 27 .427 .250 .310 .365 .240 .556 111 5.1 0.8 -0.1 -0.5 1.2 7.0 0.6 7.0 0.6
2012 NYN MLB 156 670 .315 .256 .313 .404 .258 .347 96 36.1 18.4 2.5 2.8 1.6 58.7 6.5 58.7 6.5
2013 NYN MLB 112 492 .326 .253 .312 .392 .256 .340 97 31.3 12.9 1.8 3.9 3.9 49.8 5.8 49.8 5.8
2013 USA int 4 19 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 NYN MLB 134 586 .258 .252 .311 .383 .261 .325 96 -1.2 15.1 2.1 -2.9 -2.2 13.8 1.2 13.8 1.2
2015 NYN MLB 38 174 .315 .263 .325 .419 .273 .351 90 9.3 4.7 0.6 -4.2 2.5 17.1 1.4 17.1 1.4
2015 SLU A+ 8 33 .330 .250 .312 .344 .256 .409 98 2.3 0.9 0 -2.1 0.2 3.5 0.1 3.5 0.1
2016 NYN MLB 37 164 .298 .257 .323 .424 .273 .320 92 6.4 4.6 0.6 -0.8 -0.8 10.8 1.0 10.8 1.0
2017 SLU A+ 3 10 .148 .265 .332 .353 .260 .200 90 -1.2 0.3 0 -0.0 -0.6 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2001 KNG Rk 134 27 35 7 0 4 16 16 29 9 1 .302 .396 .466 .164 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CMB A 582 85 132 30 2 11 93 76 114 21 5 .266 .369 .401 .135 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SLU A+ 549 69 126 39 2 15 75 72 98 19 5 .270 .372 .459 .189 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NOR AAA 134 18 34 8 0 8 17 16 19 2 4 .298 .394 .579 .281 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BIN AA 272 44 81 27 0 10 40 39 41 20 6 .363 .472 .619 .256 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYN MLB 283 41 77 17 1 14 40 14 40 6 0 .293 .332 .525 .232 .290 21.6 2.4 2.4
2005 NYN MLB 657 99 176 42 1 27 102 72 113 17 7 .306 .388 .523 .217 .321 67.8 4.9 7.4
2006 NYN MLB 661 96 181 40 5 26 116 66 113 20 5 .311 .381 .531 .220 .317 68.3 -9.8 5.7
2007 NYN MLB 711 113 196 42 1 30 107 94 115 34 5 .325 .416 .546 .222 .324 76.4 4.7 8.0
2008 NYN MLB 735 115 189 42 2 33 124 94 118 15 5 .302 .390 .534 .232 .330 80.4 -2.9 7.8
2009 NYN MLB 618 88 164 39 3 10 72 74 140 27 9 .307 .390 .447 .140 .299 48.5 -10.0 3.9
2010 NYN MLB 670 87 166 36 3 29 103 69 161 19 11 .283 .354 .503 .220 .317 59.8 -1.2 6.1
2011 SLU A+ 27 9 10 3 0 0 2 6 3 1 0 .476 .593 .619 .143 .427 7.0 -0.5 0.6
2011 NYN MLB 447 60 99 23 1 14 61 52 97 13 2 .254 .345 .427 .172 .289 24.5 -12.4 1.3
2012 NYN MLB 670 91 178 41 2 21 93 81 112 15 10 .306 .391 .492 .186 .315 58.7 2.8 6.5
2013 NYN MLB 492 63 132 23 6 18 58 55 79 17 3 .307 .390 .514 .207 .326 49.8 3.9 5.8
2013 USA int 19 4 7 2 0 1 10 3 0 0 0 .438 .526 .750 .312 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 NYN MLB 586 54 144 30 1 8 63 42 113 8 5 .269 .324 .374 .105 .258 13.8 -2.9 1.2
2015 NYN MLB 174 24 44 7 0 5 17 22 36 2 1 .289 .379 .434 .145 .315 17.1 -4.2 1.4
2015 SLU A+ 33 5 9 0 0 0 1 5 6 0 0 .321 .424 .321 .000 .330 3.5 -2.1 0.1
2016 NYN MLB 164 18 31 8 0 7 14 26 55 3 2 .226 .350 .438 .212 .298 10.8 -0.8 1.0
2017 SLU A+ 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .100 .100 .100 .000 .148 -1.5 -0.0 -0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 2828 0.4707 0.4480 0.8200 0.6491 0.2692 0.8819 0.6873 0.1800 1290 -0.010083
2009 2500 0.4868 0.4344 0.7947 0.6171 0.2611 0.8415 0.6896 0.2053 1171 -0.007885
2010 2600 0.4808 0.4650 0.7486 0.6328 0.3096 0.8205 0.6124 0.2514 1125 -0.008278
2011 1789 0.4852 0.4382 0.8036 0.6371 0.2508 0.8680 0.6494 0.1964 829 -0.013022
2012 2504 0.4772 0.4261 0.8191 0.6192 0.2498 0.8865 0.6667 0.1809 1199 -0.013409
2013 1832 0.4765 0.4541 0.8089 0.6667 0.2607 0.8832 0.6360 0.1911 823 -0.009179
2014 2191 0.5167 0.4614 0.8022 0.6493 0.2606 0.8721 0.6159 0.1978 977 -0.010179
2015 679 0.4934 0.4404 0.7860 0.6269 0.2587 0.8381 0.6629 0.2140 313 -0.003532
2016 716 0.4763 0.3827 0.6350 0.5924 0.1920 0.7327 0.3611 0.3650 0 0.000000
Career176390.48430.44380.79190.63540.26390.85750.64140.20811011.7845-0.0095

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-09 2014-09-29 DTD 20 18 Left Shoulder Sprain and Rotator Cuff Inflammation -
2014-08-25 2014-08-28 DTD 3 2 - Neck Spasms -
2014-08-16 2014-08-18 DTD 2 2 Left Shoulder Contusion HBP -
2014-06-27 2014-07-05 DTD 8 7 Left Shoulder Contusion Rotator Cuff -
2013-09-27 2013-09-28 DTD 1 1 - Thumb Soreness - -
2013-08-03 2013-09-20 15-DL 48 45 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-05-10 2013-05-10 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-04-29 2013-04-29 DTD 0 0 - Neck Soreness - -
2013-03-13 2013-03-29 Camp 16 0 - Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
2012-05-19 2012-05-20 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-04-10 2012-04-14 DTD 4 3 Right Fingers Fracture PIP Joint - -
2012-03-03 2012-03-26 Camp 23 0 - Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
2011-05-16 2011-07-22 15-DL 67 58 Low Back Stress Fracture -
2011-05-12 2011-05-13 DTD 1 1 Back Stiffness -
2010-09-07 2010-09-08 DTD 1 1 Left Fingers Sprain Ring Finger -
2010-07-19 2010-07-19 DTD 0 0 Knee Swelling -
2009-08-16 2009-09-01 15-DL 16 15 Head Concussion HBP -
2009-08-11 2009-08-11 DTD 0 0 General Medical Gastrointestinal GI -
2009-03-05 2009-03-27 Camp 22 0 Left Laceration Cracked Big Toe Nail From Foul Ball -
2008-08-28 2008-08-29 DTD 1 0 Fingers Sprain Ring Finger -
2008-07-03 2008-07-03 DTD 0 0 Groin Soreness -
2007-07-26 2007-07-26 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion Batted Ball -
2007-06-01 2007-06-02 DTD 1 1 Back Spasms -
2006-05-26 2006-05-27 DTD 1 1 Low Back Spasms -
2006-05-02 2006-05-02 DTD 0 0 Groin Soreness -
2005-09-26 2005-09-26 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Contusion -
2005-05-10 2005-05-11 DTD 1 1 Left Foot Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 NYN $12,000,000
2019 NYN $15,000,000
2018 NYN $20,000,000
2017 NYN $20,000,000
2016 NYN $20,000,000
2015 NYN $20,000,000
2014 NYN $20,000,000
2013 NYN $11,000,000
2012 NYN $15,250,000
2011 NYN $14,250,000
2010 NYN $10,250,000
2009 NYN $7,750,000
2008 NYN $5,000,000
2007 NYN $1,000,000
2006 NYN $374,000
2005 NYN $322,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$145,196,500
2018Current$20,000,000
14 yrPvs + Cur$165,196,500
2 yrFuture$27,000,000
16 yrTotal$192,196,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 75 dACES8 years/$138M (2013-20)

Details
  • 8 years/$138M (2013-20). Signed extension with NY Mets 12/12, replacing option year in previous contract. 13:$11M, 14:$20M, 15:$20M, 16:$20M, 17:$20M, 18:$20M, 19:$15M, 20:$12M. Wright to defer $15.5M ($3M in 2013 and $2.5M annually in 2014-18), reducing present-day value at signing to $134,015,678. Award bonuses: $0.5M for MVP ($1M for second MVP, $1.5M for third MVP). $0.2M for finishing 2nd-5th finish in MVP vote. $0.1M each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, Hank Aaron Award, All-Star, most All-Star votes in league, Player of Year from Baseball America, AP or The Sporting News. Wright to donate $1.38M to Mets charity over life of contract.
  • 6 years/$55M (2007-12), plus 2013 club option. Signed extension with NY Mets 8/06. $1.5M signing bonus. 07:$1M, 08:$5M, 09:$7.5M, 10:$10M, 11:$14M, 12:$15M, 13:$16M club option, $1M buyout. If traded, Wright may void 2013 option. Award bonuses: $50,000 each for All-Star, Gold Glove. NY Mets exercised 2013 club option 10/30/12.
  • 1 year/$0.374M (2006). Renewed by NY Mets 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.3225M (2005). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/05.
  • Drafted 2001 (1s-38) (Hickory HS, Chesapeake, Va.). $0.96M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .300 .397 .498 .328
11 vs R (Multi) .257 .342 .412 .284
18 Split (Multi) -.044 -.055 -.086 -.044
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .194 .326 .389 .283
31 vs R (2016) .238 .358 .455 .304
38 Split (2016) .043 .033 .067 .020
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of performance should we expect from David Wright from now until the end of the year? Were his early contact problems a direct result of the back issue?
(hinnenra from Chicago)
His strikeout rate has been declining since 08. 19%, 26%, 27%, and 29% this season. The back would explain the drop in power, but the strikeouts are mostly on him. (Jason Collette)
2011-07-13 12:30:00 (link to chat)Ben- haven't heard much on David Wright lately. How soon is he expected back and what do you expect from him in the 2nd half? Thanks, Dan
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
Near as I can tell, Wright will start a rehab assignment this Friday. Terry Collins said he'd need 30 or 40 bush-league at-bats before he's ready to return, so you do the math. I'd expect the usual good things from Wright in the second half, but the Mets should heed Corey Dawkins' warning that the inflammation could return and force another trip to the disabled list, and give him plenty of rest. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Every player's a five tool player although some tools are better than others. That said, let's try for established players, CarGo, Shin-Soo, David Wright, and Nelson Cruz. David Wright, Colby Rasmus, and Chase Utley might qualify.
(Bob from Seattle)
Yes siree, Bob! I'll keep that in mind, but mostly I just wanted to say that to someone actually named Bob. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've got an outfield heavy team in an 11 team, standard 5x5 league with 5 keepers (boring, I know). I'm currently thinking David Wright, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Justin Verlander and Matt Latos. But I also have Jay Bruce, Colby Rasmus and Cole Hamels as options. I've recently had the skill of kicking ass drafting starting pitching in the 9th-15th rounds, but who knows if that continues... Am I keeping the worst OF in Upton just because of hype? Which five of those eight do you keep?
(Adam from Philly)
I would see what you can get in a trade for Upton--I think he turns into something great, but you might find someone who buys him on the hype of his turning into even more. I would keep Bruce over Kemp though. Verlander/Latos is the right call for the SP, thanks to their respective parks. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Mets should really move their fences in about 10', right? Otherwise, that Jason Bay contract is REALLY gonna smell come 2012 or so.
(dianagramr from NYC)
Considering their inability to identify pitchers that can help them out, I would say the fences should be pushed even further back. David Wright can still draw a walk whether the fences are 400 or 500 feet back! (Marc Normandin)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)ladies and gentleman your New York Mets. David Wright hitting 5th.
(lornad11 from Flushing)
I'm a little more concerned with the number of times I've seen Alex Cora batting second. I follow a lot of Mets fans on Twitter, so when lineups are announced you see a flood of hatred daily. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will David Wright bounce back to previous levels?
(David from NJ)
Wright's "decline" last year was almost entirely the result of his home games, where he went from having a .350ish TAv in 2008-08 to .295 in 2009. I don't think his home numbers are ever going to be that favorable again, so probably not. (Clay Davenport)
2010-03-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)How easy is it for you to run queries? For instance, on how players who saw a dramatic drop in HRs after 3 good years fared in Year 5, and how young players who saw a dramatic drop in HRs after 2 years fared in Year 4?
(Richie from Washington)
Running an actual query takes no effort as it's a simple Ctrl+Enter or click of the Execute button, but deriving them can be time-consuming and frustrating. Then again, I'm self taught and haven't been an SQLer my entire life. As far as your question regarding other similar drops comparable to what was discussed in my David Wright article, look for a blog post this weekend from me that deals with this very subject. But, to get it out of the way here and now, no, I do not consider Gary Gaetti's TWO years and dropoff to be similar to Wright. A commenter brought up Bobby Murcer, which is a good comp, but the issue with that one is that Murcer fell to -0.11 SDs from the mean in his 5th year whereas Wright was -0.60 SDs; the raw tallies are similar but with context they are far apart. (Eric Seidman)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)I will be picking up my BP2010 at the Yogi this Sunday, so forgive this question. David Wright: back on the superstar track in 2010? He certainly looks like a Brick S. House in those NY Post photos.
(Tex Premium Lager from NJ)
Thanks for bringing up the Yogi! I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that our tour activities kick off this Sunday. Kevin, Christina, Jay Jaffe, a fat guy with a beard... Who could ask anything more? We're going to be video-ing the activities, too, so bring your best questions, wear funny hats, bring a friend... We'll be in Manhattan the following evening. Check the events page for specific details.

I expect a rebound from Wright, whose problems seemed kind of reminiscent of the aforementioned Bobby Murcer's problems at Shea Stadium -- the park effects got him to think too much, change his swing, with subpar results. Murcer never quite got over it, something he talked about for the rest of his life. Wright has some advantages that Murcer didn't, like easy access to video -- I think he'll bounce back. (Steven Goldman)
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mark- BP is my bible and I took your rankings last year as the Gospel of Marc. After throwing away a keeper slot on Lastings Milledge and trading for David Wright, I picked Corey Hart, Elijah Dukes, Nalasco, Matt Weiters and several other disappointments. Needless to say it wasn't a great season for me. Why should I be more believing this year? Help me restore my faith. Thanks, Dan ps feel free to answer this privately if you felt it came across too critical.
(dandaman from Sea Cliff)
Nope, this is exactly why I did that review of my rankings, because I felt like you. It seemed like I drafted every major mistake I made, so I wanted to learn from my mistakes to keep it from happening again. I think the 2010 rankings will be better for it. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see David Wright bouncing back this year? Is he a first round pick?
(David from NJ)
Yes and yes. The Mets seem to think they know what he was doing wrong, and he's shown himself to be quick at adjusting before once the problem is known. (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)David Wright will hit ___ home runs in 2010?
(James from Albany)
23. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-01-12 18:30:00 (link to chat)Eric-thanks for the chat. Alot of people/experts are making David Wright a first round pick in fantasy drafts, but I just don't believe the power will return. Are you still in the Wright camp and why/why not?
(raygu1 from burlington, nj)
I'm torn on Wright. I mean, it's fairly unprecedented for such a power decline. Looking in my database, I queried for all hitters with 500+ PA in 5 straight seasons where in the first four 25+ dingers were socked and in the fifth the hitter jacked 20 or fewer homers. Only 10 rows returned, but all of those players sans-Wright managed 15 or more home runs in that fifth year. Alter the minimum and we see that only 2 players--Wright and Frank Thomas from 1995-99--managed 15 or fewer home runs in the final year of the span in this sample. So, yeah, what happened to him was unprecedented. If for no reason other than this I'd expect his power to return. Maybe not to the 30-35 HR range but he should certainly clear 20. (Eric Seidman)
2009-12-29 15:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see David Wright bouncing back to pre-'09 form? Could Citi have affected him to the point where he took his troubles on the road (5hr)?
(Drew from NY NY)
I'm open to the idea that this was an extreme case where the player was so much better than the team around him that it affected his performance. "Protection" is a myth, but there are extreme cases, and the '09 Mets lost all their good hitters save Wright. That may have had an impact on how he was pitched and how he handled the change, and spiraled from there. That's a guess, maybe one you won't like, but I'm open to the idea. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can you believe what I did? I can't believe I offered David Wright to the Jays for Jose Cruz Jr. in 2002 and they declined. Will I ever be a GM in MLB again?
(Steve Phillips from Clinic)
Yes, I can believe you did it again. Like strikeout rate, plate discipline and health, the ability to operate one's zipper appropriately is a skill - adjusted for context, performance in that category correlates from one year to the next as opposed to fluctuating randomly. Let's just say your track record didn't offer much hope.

And let's face it: you're done in MLB. Younger and smarter GMs are coming along every day. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Mets consider trading David Wright if they're not going to move the fences in (or lower)?
(Candide from New York, NY)
No, they shouldn't. The other team has to play on the same field, and why wouldn't you want the advantage of employing Wright in your own lineup? Maybe it's my experiences as a young fan rooting for the A's and their power-laden lineups in a pitcher's park, but having power that yields runs in every environment is something you don't just give up because it doesn't get a boost from your home park. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can we officially crown Ryan Zimmerman as the best 3B in baseball yet?
(Johnny from Florida)
No, we can't. A-Rod's still great, and this is an era when we have Evan Longoria and David Wright both going strong. As much as I really love watching Zimmerman, especially afield, it's just not a cut-and-dried proposition. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)So I'm going to the Mets game on Thursday and I don't think I own a jersey of a single healthy current player, so guess I will be the guy in the stands in the Edgardo Alfonzo jersey. I don't really have a question.
(J.P. from Hartford)
I'm not the type that wears living player jerseys (I do have a Casey Stengel #37 T-shirt), but if I were, I would think that a David Wright garment would be worth having. Given that he's only 26, it should be good for another ten years... I don't suppose you can get an Alex Cora model, can you? Tim Redding?

I do want to get an Ebbets Field Flannel 1948 Oakland Oaks jersey (Casey again, this time #1), but those suckers are pricey! I just can't bring myself to spend almost $200 on a shirt, even if I think said shirt would dramatically elevate my mood whenever I wore it. (Steven Goldman)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Yeah, that Lastings Milledge t-shirt didn't work out too well. Though I still wear it to bed sometimes. When I was at the Mets store in Manhattan a few years back they actually had a Jason Phillips one. It was marked down to like forty bucks, should have bought it. Also flirted with a Kaz Matsui jersey for a while. There is always the chance, too, that Omar will trade David Wright so we can get more grittier. (or that he will get fired and replaced by Mike Francesca, same result), so I am leery. Maybe I will wear the Piazza one and recall a time where we had someone who could hit twenty home runs.
(J.P. from Hartford)
Maybe you can get a Wayne Garrett #11 jersey... David Wright might not hit 20 HRs this year, but he could win a batting title, something that hasn't happened too often in the history of the Mets. In fact, using the standard of 400 PAs, the Mets have had just 35 .300 seasons, and only 19 of .310 or better. (Steven Goldman)
2009-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! Is the new ballpark affecting him that much, or is David Wright ever going to start hitting homeruns again?
(Ameer from B-town)
I think he should start hitting homers on the road again, but I think he's very aware of the fences at Citi Field. It may be forcing him to change his approach a bit, as far as what kinds of hits he tries for. His line is going to come down a bit--his success rate on flyballs and grounders is otherwordly--so I hope he starts to pick it up outside of Citi. (Marc Normandin)
2009-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your answer to Lost is a common sentiment, but reminds me of the New York media or radio callers over reactions to David Wright. I don't want to spoil but they answered a bunch of questions last night. They just opened a few new ones.
(chuckstein17 from Long Beach, NY)
I'd LOVE to hear this ... in an email. (Will Carroll)
2009-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking at the numbers I don't see why anyone would draft A-Rod over David Wright. Thoughts?
(kccputech from Kansas City, KS)
Wright's my favorite for the position, but I also like Chipper Jones a sliver more than A-Rod, which apparently makes me a terrible person ;-) (Marc Normandin)
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there ever a way you could see the Phillies ranking ahead of the Mets using any system out there? No matter what the Phillies do, the Mets are better, despite the glaring holes at 2B, the outfield corners, and the shaky starting rotation, yet the Mets are a 92-95 win team, year in and year out.
(Brian from Philly)
Relax, Phillies fans. Seriously, chill out. Are you really the bunch of pantywaist crybabies so many of you seem to be when we at BP criticize various aspects of your team (Ryan Howard's defense and failings against lefties, for example). I thought you were supposed to be the toughest fans in sports. Your team has a flag that will fly forever, so does it really matter that PECOTA is giving the Mets a few games in the preseason standings?

It's no secret that the Mets underachieved over the last two years, but PECOTA loves loves loves David Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran in particular, and it has a few more suspicions about the Phillies' staff, particularly the back ends of the rotation and the bullpen, enough to edge the Mets ahead. I wouldn't lose much sleep over it during the first week of March; PECOTA says both teams will be contenders, and you really ought to be able to live with that. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)David Wright or Evan Longoria? Evan Longoria or Eva Longoria?
(David Wain from New York)
That's a great question, if only because my point of reference for explaining how good Evan Longoria is going to be is David Wright. Longoria's younger, and has a better contract, so I'll go with him. David Wright is sooooooo 2007. (Marc Normandin)
2008-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is the Mets enormous run differential in inning #1 (especially compared to the rest of their innings) exclusively a product of good starting pitching and the guarantee that both Jose Reyes and David Wright will have a turn at the dish?
(Meddler from Brooklyn, NY)
I would say it's having two premier hitters liek Reyes and Wright at the plate. (John Perrotto)
2008-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)This preseason you made the infamous proclamation that Zimmerman could be better than David Wright this season. With the time missed to the labrum tear, the possibility of that happening this year from a production standpoint has obviously gone by the wayside. If Zim doesn't have to have surgery on his shoulder, do you think he makes good on your prediction next year?
(Connor from Chicago, IL)
It's not just the injuries--Zimmerman didn't make the progress as a hitter I expected to see from him at 23, so even a full, healthy season would likely have left me wrong. At this point, I would say that I'm wrong about him passing Wright in the future, although he's young enough to still be very good. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hanley, David Wright, or A-Rod with the 2nd overall pick tonight (1st overall will be Jose Reyes; don't ask).
(Wilson from DC)
Rodriguez. I'd take Hanley if I didn't have questions about his shoulder. It surprises me that people are willing to completely overlook his surgery while panicking over Pujols' elbow. Yes, Ramirez has looked solid this spring, so my concern could be over nothing, but it's still there. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)Well, if the Cards aren't going to have a good year anyway, what's the harm in sending him down for a while to delay the start of his arbitration clock? 72 wins is just as good as 73, really, right? Is there any developmental advantage to getting an extra month or two in the majors?
(Andy from New York, NY)
Getting back to Rasmus for a moment...It's not to get more wins, it's to get him big league experience when the pressure is off. I've always felt that high-level players like Rasmus should be in the bigs by 22. If you look at history, that's usually the case. There have been some late entries, like Wade Boggs, but the greats are usually there early unless their path was blocked by another great. (Boggs was blocked, in part, because Yaz was still hanging around.) Andy makes a good point about arbitration clocks, but the Cards can always do what the Mets did with David Wright and Jose Reyes, lock him up early and long. (Jim Baker)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm expecting big, big things from Ryan Zimmerman this season, like David Wright without the speed, your thoughts.
(Mike from Chicago)
David Wright without the speed, but with better defense, which is more relevant from a non-fantasy perspective. That's certainly a reasonable interpretation of his upside, and Wright is Zimmerman's #11 comparable. (Nate Silver)
2008-03-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)David Wright best player in the game? I'd argue he isn't even the best third basemen in New York.
(Tommy from OPS,FL)
That's why I said it was arguable. A fair case can be made for a few players, and he's one of them. (Marc Normandin)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Quick, you have the third overall pick in your fantasy league...who do you take?
(John from Denver, CO)
Who went with the first two?

My board looks like: Alex Rodriguez, Jose Reyes, Albert Pujols, David Wright, Carl Crawford. (Will Carroll)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableCarl (Boston): 2 questions: 1) What is the story with Elijah Dukes, anyway? Why was he released and why hasn't anyone picked him up? 2) David Wright - is the power back? Or is it just opening day?

1. He's a bad human being.
2. Impossible to say, but I'm optimistic. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener Roundtable"Yatchisin (Dreamsville): David Wright homers in his first at bat of 2010. The power is back! And don't talk to me about small sample sizes...it's Opening Day."

"jesse hoff (Swarthmore): David Wright, 5 homers in spring, hit one today (already as many as he had in april last year). The powers back? Heading for 30 hr?"

Wake me when Francoeur takes a walk. (Colin Wyers)
2009-10-21 17:00:00NLCS Game 5Stephen, yes, true. You need to put guys who have good OBP in front of David Wright. Since the Mets didn't really have any of those guys, they might as well have pushed Wright up I guess (though I don't know if that's as true even in the NL with the pitcher being even worse at getting on base). (Matt Swartz)
2009-10-21 17:00:00NLCS Game 5Matt, that's absolutely right, but there are all kinds of situations -- look at the Mets during their injury phase this year. If your batting order is Cheese, Cheesy Cheese, David Wright, and Rancid Cheese, you might as well move David Wright up, no? (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff Games"Taylor (Toronto): Hey, I warned you. While we're having a Evan Longoria lovefest who would you rather have for the next five years, him or David Wright? Are there any other third basemen remotely as good over the same period of time? "

That Rodriguez guy will hang.

I'll take Wright, but it's really close. I suspect Wright will be a slightly better OBP and speed guy, with a bit less power.
(Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In GameSticking with the Mets: "chuckstein17 (Long Beach, NY): A certain local talk show host is saying the Mets should trade David Wright and that he'll never be a great player. Why does the NY media always blame the solutions and never the problems? BULLPEN!!!"

The phenomenon of a team's best player or players taking an inordinate amount of the blame for their failures is one that Bill James noted back in the Abstract years, and it's even truer today in a more hypercompetitive media. Good Lord, on ESPN Insider today Buster Olney is suggesting that David Wright needs to see a sports psychiatrist to "work through his apparent anxiety in high-pressure situations." Wright certainly deserves his share of the blame given his part in a lineup that managed only five runs over their last three games, but he did go 4-for-9 and hit .340/.416/.577 in September, including .462/.559/.769 in the seven games prior to the Marlins series. Carlos Delgado went 2-for-11, where's his Rx for a shrink, Buster? Sheesh.

This is the state of the art for mainstream analysis, folks. (Jay Jaffe)
 

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