David Wright

David WrightAfter decades trying to find a good third baseman, the New York Mets finally steadied the position with a star in 2004 with David Wright, a former first round draft pick and a promising prospect from their own farm system. Wright was a seven-time All-Star for the Mets, filling a slot in the middle of their lineup and also winning two Gold Gloves at the hot corner. He was accumulating Hall of Fame numbers in his 20s, and then in 2012 he signed a lucrative seven-year contract with the Mets. That’s when severe neck and back injuries began to limit his playing time. From 2013 to 2017, Wright played only 321 games and hit 38 home runs. When he wasn’t in pain, he was still an effective offensive force, but all too often Wright’s body betrayed him. In his age 34 season in 2017, Wright missed the entire year with severe spinal issues. He was able to get healthy in 2015 and play for the club in October as they advanced to the World Series. In Game Three, the first game at Citi Field in New York, Wright belted a home run in his first at-bat in front of a Mets home crowd in the Fall Classic.