Wright’s Times on Base
Posted by JD on September 27, 2010
Earlier this year, David Wright passed Mike Piazza for second on the Mets’ all-time leader-board for runs batted in. It got some play in the local media and among some fans: the only player higher on the list is Daryl Strawberry (with 733 RBI). That’s great and all, but Wright actually set a more significant franchise record: he passed Strawberry for the lead in times on base, with 1,656.
It doesn’t mean all that much in the grand scheme of things: 1,656 times on base is good for 614th all-time, right behind Jack Smith (1,657) and just ahead of Rupert Jones (1,649). Sorting by age tells a better story: Wright’s 1,656 times on base is good for 49th among players in their age 27 season. For the record, that’s two times on base more than Derek Jeter had through the same number of seasons (to be fair, Wright’s played in 61 more games than Jeter). Changing gears slightly, Wright’s career 135 OPS+ ties him with Hanley Ramirez and Carl Yastremski for players in their age 27 (or younger) season.
David Wright has certainly struggled these past two seasons. The increase in strike-outs, the fluctuating power numbers, and his inconsistent defense are all red-flags. But his career numbers suggest that while the Mets may be presented with appealing trade offers should they choose to shop him, they better think long and hard before pulling the trigger: it’s not easy to replace his level of talent.