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|New York Mets – No. 5|
|Born: December 20, 1982 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 21, 2004 for the New York Mets|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||875|
|Career highlights and awards|
|New York Mets – No. 5|
|Born: December 20, 1982 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 21, 2004 for the New York Mets|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||875|
|Career highlights and awards|
David Allen Wright (born December 20, 1982) is an American baseball player who is the third baseman and captain of the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He was drafted by the Mets in 2001 and made his Major League debut in 2004. Wright is a seven-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He also is a member of the 30–30 club. In addition, he holds the Mets record for most career runs batted in (RBIs), doubles, total bases, runs scored, walks, sacrifice flies, times on base, extra base hits, strikeouts, and hits. He was named captain of the Mets in 2013, the fourth captain in team history, and was also given the nickname "Captain America" after his performance with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Wright was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. Wright attended Hickory High School in Chesapeake and worked extensively with Coach Gregory Friedman of Bellmore JFK. Wright was the 2001 Gatorade Virginia High School Player of the Year. Wright also earned All-State honors in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was named Virginia All-State Player of the Year in 2001. Over his four-year career at Hickory, Wright hit .438 with 13 home runs and 90 RBIs. Wright planned to attend Georgia Tech and major in engineering. Wright is of Scots-Irish descent.
Wright was chosen by the Mets in the 2001 amateur draft during the supplemental round as compensation for the Mets' loss of Mike Hampton to the Colorado Rockies in free agency. Wright was selected after future teammate Aaron Heilman who had been selected in the first round. Wright progressed steadily in his first three years of minor league play, winning the Sterling award for best player on the class A St. Lucie Mets in 2003. In 2004, he quickly rose from the Double-A Binghamton Mets, to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, to the major leagues.
On July 21, 2004, he made his major league debut starting at third base against the Montreal Expos. Since then, Wright has been the Mets regular starting third baseman. During his first major league season, he had a .293 batting average,14 home runs and 40 RBIs in 263 at-bats in 69 games, and was voted as the This Year in Baseball Awards Rookie of the Year.
In 2005, the 22-year-old Wright played in 160 games and batted .306 with 27 home runs, 99 runs, 102 RBIs, 42 doubles, and 17 stolen bases, leading the team in average, runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBI, doubles, and finishing second in home runs to Cliff Floyd (34). Wright was also in the top ten in the National League for average, hits, total bases, RBI, extra base hits, and runs. Wright's 24 errors tied him with Troy Glaus for the most errors by a third baseman in the major leagues.
Wright caught a ball bare-handed and over the shoulder during the seventh inning of a game at PETCO Park against the San Diego Padres on August 9, 2005. With one out in the inning, Brian Giles hit a blooper 20 feet (6.1 m) beyond the edge of the outfield grass. Wright, retreating quickly with his back to home plate, extended his bare right hand and caught the ball cleanly while crashing to the ground. Wright would maintain control of the ball after landing hard on the outfield grass. The sellout crowd at PETCO Park acknowledged the splendor of the catch with a standing ovation lasting several minutes. This play was voted the "This Year in Baseball Play of the Year."
Wright also provided his share of heroics throughout the 2006 season. His first game-winning hit occurred on May 5 with a 2-out double just out of the reach of a chasing Andruw Jones in the bottom of the 14th inning off Jorge Sosa to defeat the Atlanta Braves, 8–7. Two weeks later on May 19, he hit a walk-off single off vaunted closer Mariano Rivera that just sailed over the head of center fielder Johnny Damon as the Mets rallied to beat the Yankees in the first game of the 2006 Subway Series, 7–6. He capped off the month on Memorial Day, May 29, with a single to the wall in left-center field off Arizona Diamondbacks closer José Valverde scoring José Reyes from first base as the Mets defeated Arizona, 8–7. Wright also made a game-saving stop at third base of a would-be game-tying single by Mike Lieberthal for the final out of a 4–3 Mets victory over Philadelphia on August 5.
Wright was voted on to his first MLB All-Star Game as the starting third baseman for the NL. During the 2006 season, Wright collected 74 RBIs before the All-Star Break, breaking the Mets record previously held by Mike Piazza, who had 72 RBIs in 2000. Wright also participated in the 2006 Home Run Derby, reaching the final round but finishing second to Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit 22 home runs in the contest, including 16 in the first round, the third highest total in any one round in the history of the Home Run Derby. The following night, he hit a home run in his first All-Star Game at-bat off American League starting pitcher Kenny Rogers.
Wright ranked among the club's top three hitters in all offensive categories for the 2006 Mets, who were the second most run-scoring team in the National League. Fans at Shea Stadium have routinely greeted Wright's performances with chants of "M-V-P, M-V-P." According to then teammate Tom Glavine, "He's probably been our most clutch hitter over the first half of the season and he's certainly thrown his hat into the MVP talks."
On August 6, 2006, Wright signed a 6-year contract extension with the Mets worth $55 million, as well as a $1.5 million signing bonus. The contract paid him $1 million in 2007, $5 million in 2008, $7.5 million in 2009, & $10 million in 2010, $14 million in 2011, and $15 million in 2012. The contract also contains a club option for 2013 which is worth $16 million. Wright has already announced that he will donate $1.5 million to the Mets Foundation throughout the course of this contract.
The Mets captured the NL East title in 2006 and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2000. Wright struggled in his first and only postseason, going 4–25 (.160) in the Mets' NLCS loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, and batting a mere .216 in 10 postseason games.
As of April 32, 2007, Wright had a hitting streak of 26 regular season games; the previous team record was 24, held by Mike Piazza and Hubie Brooks. He had a hit in the 12 final regular season games of the 2006 season, and had a hit in all of the first 14 games of the 2007 season. Wright's hit streak of 26 regular season games ended on April 21, 2007 against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium. Wright went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.
On September 16, 2007, Wright became the 29th and one of the youngest players in baseball history to join the 30–30 club, after hitting a 7th inning solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies at Shea Stadium. He is only the third player to reach this milestone before his 25th birthday, and only the third Met to reach this milestone in club history, the other two being Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry.
Wright began the year with two doubles, including a bases-clearing double, in finishing 2–4 with three RBIs in the Mets' Opening Day victory over the Marlins, 7–2. With the RBIs, Wright already halfway matched his RBI production from the preceding April. In the final game of the series, Wright went 3–5 with a 3-run home run. On April 13, Wright hit his 100th career home run, a solo shot off of Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jeff Suppan.
Wright hit his first-ever walk-off home run of his baseball career on August 7, 2008.
On November 5, 2008, Wright was announced as the recipient of the Rawlings' Gold Glove Award for third basemen. It was the second consecutive year in which Wright won the award. His teammate, Carlos Beltran, also won the award for center fielders. He also won his second Silver Slugger Award.
On December 22, 2008, Wright was announced as a member of Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March 2009. The third base position was taken by Alex Rodriguez in the 2006 WBC, but Rodriguez was on the Dominican Team in 2009's Classic.
Wright finished seventh in the voting for the 2008 NL MVP award.
Wright hit the first Mets home run in Citi Field history on Monday, April 13, 2009, Citi Field's Opening Day. The three-run home run was hit off San Diego Padres pitcher Walter Silva in the 5th inning.
In mid-August when 10 Mets players were on the disabled list, Wright would soon be added to the list after sustaining an injury on August 15. Wright suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head with a 93 mph (150 km/h) fastball by San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain. He was admitted to the Hospital for Special Surgery, where he underwent a precautionary CT scan which turned out negative. The following day he left the hospital diagnosed with post-concussion symptoms. He was then placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.
Despite the injury to Wright, Mets General Manager Omar Minaya stated that there were no plans to shut him down for the remainder of the season. In fact, Wright was activated from the disabled list on September 1 and started at third base against the Colorado Rockies that evening. In that game, Wright wore a new style of batting helmet (the Rawlings S100). He would abandon that helmet after wearing it in that one game. Wright explained that he found the helmet uncomfortable. "It's the last thing I need to be worrying about in the box is trying to shove it on my head. So I wanted to go back to the old one and just wait to see if there's going to be any adjustments made."  Wright experienced a sharp decline in production after a potent campaign in 2008. His home run total dwindled to 10, while his RBI total fell to 72, after hitting 33 home runs and 124 RBIs the previous season. His strike out total also spiked to a career high 140 for the season. Analysts[who?] speculated that Citi Field's large dimensions, and increased pressure to perform for an injury depleted team caused his sudden drop-off.
Wright, along with Jose Reyes, arrived at the Mets's Spring Training camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida two weeks early to get a head start on preparing themselves after a disappointing 2009 campaign. Wright came into camp heavier than he has in previous seasons, adding more muscle to his body.
On Opening Day, Wright hit a two run home run off of the Marlins' Josh Johnson in his first at bat of the season. On April 27 in the second game of a double header against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wright reached the 1,000 hit mark against pitcher Ramón Troncoso in the bottom of the 5th inning as he hit a two-out RBI single scoring Ángel Pagán and giving the Mets a 4–3 lead. In the following inning, Wright hit a 3-run triple to the right-center field wall, scoring Pagán, Luis Castillo, and José Reyes, and giving the Mets a 10–3 lead at the time. The Mets won the game 10–5. On May 20, he hit a three-run double after Mets manager Jerry Manuel gave Wright a day off. By June 25, Wright had 12 home runs, which led the team, and was batting .294 with 57 RBIs to lead the N.L. On July 4, 2010, Wright was named the starting third baseman for the National League in the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and became Wright's fifth consecutive All-Star Game appearance. On July 6, Wright was named the June 2010 National League Player of the Month after he hit .404 with 11 doubles, 6 home runs, and 29 RBIs. On July 13, 2010, Wright collected 2 hits and a stolen base in the 81st All-Star Game in Anaheim. He is now 6-for-13 in his All-Star Game at bats. He is tied for fifth all-time in All-Star Game batting average. As of August 20, he has more than doubled his home run total from 2009.
Wright finished the season with a .283 batting average, .354 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 103 RBIs, 69 walks, and 19 stolen bases. He led all major league third basemen in errors, with 20.
On April 5, 2011, Wright singled against the Phillies' Cole Hamels for his 90th career game-winning RBI, surpassing Mike Piazza for the most in Mets history. Then on May 16, 2011, after undergoing examination by team doctors, it was announced Wright had a stress fracture in his lower back. The injury (caused by a diving tag on the Astro's Carlos Lee) forced him to spend over two months on the disabled list. Wright was activated from the DL on July 22, 2011. That day, he went two-for-five and had two RBIs and scored two runs against the Florida Marlins. In his first series coming back from the DL, Wright hit six-for-14, with one home run, three doubles and six RBIs. Wright enjoyed a career first on August 7, 2011 against the Atlanta Braves; playing shortstop for the first time in his professional career due to injuries to José Reyes (hamstring) and Daniel Murphy (MCL). In only 102 games Wright finished the season with a .254 batting average, .345 on-base percantage, 14 home runs, 61 RBIs, 52 walks, and 13 stolen bases.
On April 5, Wright went 2-3 with a walk on as the Mets' Opening Day third-baseman against the Braves, where Wright drove in Andrés Torres with a single for the game-winning run in the 6th inning off of Tommy Hanson, giving the Mets the 1-0 win. Less than a week later, on April 11, Wright fractured his right pinkie while diving into first base on a pick-off attempt. After missing just three games, Wright returned to the lineup, going 3-for-5 against the Phillies. Then on April 25, Wright hit a two run home run in a 5-1 victory against the Miami Marlins, giving him 735 career RBIs, passing Darryl Strawberry for the most in Mets franchise history. Wright broke another franchise record on June 5, when he hit a solo-shot off of Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, driving himself in and reaching 736 runs. The previous record holder was José Reyes at 735 runs. On July 1, it was announced that Wright had made his 6th All-Star team, but as a back up to Pablo Sandoval. Wright led the All-Star vote for most of the year but was overtaken the last week.
For the first half of the season Wright was either atop or close to the top of the league in both batting average and on-base percentage, and leads NL third basemen in average, OBP, slugging, hits and runs scored. After the All-Star break the Mets had their worst stretch to that point in the season, losing six straight, but on July 19, Wright hit two home runs and had five RBIs to help the Mets end their losing streak. He hit his 200th career home run in a loss on August 24 to the Houston Astros. On September 25, 2012, Wright tied the all time hit record with the Mets Ed Kranepool with 1,418 hits in a game at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then on September 26, 2012, Wright surpassed Kranepool as Mets all-time hit record holder with an infield single also at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Wright finished 6th in the voting for the 2012 NL MVP Award.
On November 30, 2012, Ed Coleman and WFAN reported that Wright and the Mets agreed to a 7-year contract extension worth $138 million (7 years for $122 million plus a club option for $16 million that the club picked up for the 2013 season). The contract became official on December 4 after Wright passed a physical. Wright was represented in negotiations by Seth Levinson and Sam Levinson of ACES Inc.
Wright will have to wait until 2025 to receive all the money from his $138 million, eight-year contract with the Mets.
Wright got his 1,500th career hit on June 18 against the Atlanta Braves off of Cory Gearrin.
Wright was named the National League's Home Run Derby team captain for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. He selected Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, and Bryce Harper as the other three participants for the National League. Gonzalez, who was injured at the time, was later replaced by Pedro Alvarez. In the Home Run Derby, Wright hit 5 home runs.
On July 6, Wright was named the starting third baseman for the National League team in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. In the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, Wright went 1 for 3. Wright also became the fourth Mets player to appear in at least 7 All-Star games.
On August 3, 2013, Wright was placed on the 15-day disabled list a day after he strained his right hamstring. Upon his return from the disabled list, Wright hit two home runs in his first two games, surpassing Mike Piazza for the second most home runs hit by a player in a Mets uniform, behind Daryl Strawberry.
Wright was selected to play third base for the United States in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In the second round, with the United States facing elimination against Puerto Rico, Wright delivered a 9th inning walk-off hit against Fernando Cabrera to win the game for the Americans. The win guaranteed Team USA a spot in the semifinal round.
He was again selected to play third base in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. In the 2013 WBC, Wright hit a grand slam in the United States's game against Italy. It was the second time a United States player hit a grand slam in WBC play. In the second round opener against Puerto Rico Wright had 5 RBI, getting 3 of them to help extend the US's lead to 7-1 and the most RBI in the tournament, earning the nickname "Captain America". Wright would sit out during the US loss to the Dominican Republic in the following game, citing soreness. He would later be diagnosed with sore ribs and sent back to New York for further examination, ending his participation for the rest of the 2013 tournament. Furthermore, the US team lost to Puerto Rico 4-3, thus resulting in an elimination that has prevented the American team to advance the Championship round once again.
|Award/Honor||# of times||Dates|
|TYIB Awards Rookie of the Year||1||2004|
|MLB.com Play of the Year||1||2005 (barehanded catch)|
|NL Player of the Week||3||(8/28/2005, 6/18/2006, 9/6/2011)|
|NL Player of the Month||2||(6/2006, 6/2010)|
|MLB Home Run Derby participant||2||2006 (runner up), 2013 (captain)|
|All-Star Selection||7||(2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)|
|Gold Glove Award Winner||2||(2007, 2008)|
|Silver Slugger Award Winner||2||(2007, 2008)|
|Sports Humanitarian of the Year||1||(2008)|
|Mets Heart and Hustle Award||2||(2008, 2009)|
His brother Stephen was enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2007, and attended classes in Norris Hall, the scene of the majority of shootings in the Virginia Tech Massacre. David could not get a hold of Stephen that day and did not find out he was all right until his younger brother Matthew, a freshman at James Madison University, called and informed him of Stephen's whereabouts.
In May 2007, Vitamin Water was sold to The Coca-Cola Company for $4.1 billion. As part of his endorsement deal, Wright was given 0.5% of the company, and thus netted approximately $20 million from the deal.
Wright, who has been dating model Molly Beers for several years, announced in January 2013 that they got engaged during the holidays.
In 2005, Wright began his own charitable organization, the David Wright Foundation. Its mission is to increase awareness about multiple sclerosis and to raise money for multiple sclerosis organizations and projects. The Foundation hosted its first annual gala at the New York Stock Exchange Members' Club on December 16, 2005, donating the proceeds to two multiple sclerosis centers.
During the 2009 season, Wright and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter represented their foundations in a competition sponsored by Delta Air Lines. Jeter had the higher batting average and received $100,000 for his foundation from Delta while Wright's foundation received $50,000.
Delta Air Lines named an MD-88 airplane after Wright. The plane's name, along with Wright's signature and jersey number (5), are next to the boarding door. The plane shuttles between New York, Boston and Washington. Wright is noted for his unaffected politeness and work ethic. He has been known to help participate with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He has developed a reputation for arriving very early to the park for games and being uncommonly accommodating with fans and reporters.
Wright was featured on the cover of MLB 07: The Show, as well as a TV commercial advertisement for the game on the PlayStation 3 game console. He has also appeared in a television commercial for Fathead, promoting the company's wall graphics.
In 2006, Wright appeared on MTV's Total Request Live with then teammate Cliff Floyd. He also made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on July 12, 2006. That same day he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated along with Mets teammates Carlos Beltran, Paul Lo Duca, Carlos Delgado, and José Reyes.
Wright is a celebrity spokesman for Ford in the New York/New Jersey market.
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|National League Player of the Month|
|New York Mets Starting Third Baseman|
July 2004 – present