December 20, 2013

David Wright Is Getting Old

It will be difficult to miss today regardless of what version of social media you fancy, but team captain David Wright turns 31 years old today.  Now in everyday life, your early thirties represent little more than possibly the start of parenthood or the expansion of your career.  Baseball however is another story.

Since bursting onto the scene ten years ago, Wright has put together a healthy baseball resume that features a career average of .301, more than 220 home runs and seven all-star selections.  He has essentially become Mr. Met and the face of the franchise, having even been made team captain.

Now, on the downside of thirty and just a year into the eight year contract he received last winter, today should serve as a reminder that the clock is ticking.  There has been no noticeable drop off in Wright statistics to date, but those days are coming.  If the Mets are seriously looking to build a contender around him, a desire they apparently explained when convincing him to sign his extension, the window will start closing soon.

Wright stands to be the leader in nearly every offensive statistical category by the end of his career.  He will be regarded by many as the best player to ever strap on the blue and orange.  However, with only one playoff appearance under his belt, he is still chasing the thing he covets most, a ring.  David Wright isn't old, but he's getting there and the Mets had better act fast before it sneaks up on them too.

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