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David Wright takes ASG 3B vote lead

David Wright now leads all National League third basemen in All-Star Game voting, MLB announced late Monday.

Wright has amassed 859,082 votes, nearly 100,000 votes more than the Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado.

Wright is currently sixth in the N.L. with 73 hits.

The All-Star game will be played on Tuesday, July 15 in Minnesota.




76 comments
Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

The guy took the last trip off and takes the lead in voting! Captain K Strikes (out) Again!!! Who Knew?

..don't get me wrong I like David Wright...but the player who should be going to the ASG at this moment is Daniel Murphy...I know most fans reading this will disagree... but the truth is if bases were loaded today and I had to choose between sending up David Wright or Daniel Murphy ...it would be Murphy... maybe that's not enough to get him to the ASG in the minds of some... but I guess it's what your definition of an All Star is... 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Not on the strength of his performance this season. Wright has always been a good citizen and decent fellow. I just hope the team didn't take a page from the Yankee playbook with that long contract.

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

I don't understand how he wins "face of MLB" but has to campaign to be an All Star

matmil
matmil

Wright is a good player and a nice man. a winner he is not.

nagel100
nagel100

a lifetime .300 hitter and he is our problem?


he stayed in a losing situation and frankly could have gotten more money elsewhere but he is loyal to the only team he has ever known.  


for that he gets ripped by posters who are clearly bitter about everything the mets do.


you can't call yourself a fan.  call yourself something else.


ugbmets21
ugbmets21

I said we should getting something going outside citi field. Nothing will change if we as fans don't do something!

Thomas Arvanites
Thomas Arvanites

Astros just passed the Mets record wise. We should get a really fine draft pick next year if we keep doin' what we doin'.

upstater
upstater

The point is that Wright will be old and declining before this team is good enough to win something so why not trade him now for someone who can fill a hole or 2. He deserves a chance to be on a winner anyway. The longer we wait, the less he is worth.

Ricardo tavarez
Ricardo tavarez

Arenado is better then wright he go ahead cuz he is in the dl right now he fielding better batting better wright is Nop the captain not even in his house he suck is a ever let's trade this guy

mets8669
mets8669

No game tonight and yet I still feel like we got blown out and Terry was mumbling his way through another press conference

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Wow!  That is suprising.  We know DW is good but he hasn't been great this year.  Good for him that he may get the starting gig in the ASG.

George Komninakis
George Komninakis

the guy has not driven in over 100 rbi's in 4 yrs.  His hr numbers keep falling, he has 40 doubles once in the last 6 yrs,  and he is batting .091 when hitting with 2 outs and risp.  that is completely unacceptable from a player who you are paying to be your franchise player.   .091?  Bartolo Colon can do that!

His entire career besides one year, he has been a complete failure when batting with 2 outs and risp.  an absolute failure!

So, lets ask--  if Michael Jordan missed 8-9 out of 10 shots in the final seconds of every tie game or game his team was losing by one or two, would anyone want to see him taking the final shot ever again?  NO!
Would he be considered a star player if he always missed when the game was on the line?  NO!

Well welcome to David Wright's World - his entire career he has been a FAILURE when runs to be scored were on the line but somehow Met owners and their fickle fans want to believe this guy is a franchise player..  What a joke

Dave D'Agnese
Dave D'Agnese

I love how people blast david for not being that good or deserving of his contract considering he hasn't had anyone of any value hitting behind him or protecting him in the lineup for years! Every successful number 3 hitter in this league that puts up legit numbers has an above average cleanup hitter behind them. With maybe the exception of mccutchen. Who has wright has since beltran and delgado left? No one. Even when wright hit fifth back then either those two were on base or he had a decent sixth place hitter behind him whether it was green or floyd. Since 08 we have switched the ballpark up on him from one that played to his strengths to one that doesn't and given him no lineup protection. And the man still gives his all to this franchise and the fans with class. I'm not kissing the dudes @$$, its just a fact. Granted he hasn't come through in clutch spots recently but he knows the person behind him won't get it done so he seems hesitant to take the walks he took back in the day. I blame ownership, they set him up for failure

Mets0987
Mets0987

If Wright can get us 15 HRS and 100 RBI's I'm good. He's not getting back to those 30 HR days especially with that field, plus where he hits the ball the most is the deepest part of the stadium.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Forget the fans. Let the players vote for people outside their team.

Justin Cosgrove
Justin Cosgrove

David is a great ambassador for this team and has been for years, but this year, despite the numbers, he hasn't been clutch when it matters. Those are the facts. 

theglider
theglider

Some Met fans may be the only baseball fans who don't appreciate David Wright. How sad.

ShawnP
ShawnP

@matmil  I agree that Wright is a good man and has been true to this organization and all.


But,why is it during his first ab of the game he always bows his head to the pitcher like this is the friggin Japan league or something!


This organization seems to go with the Mr.Softie approach,and the FO seems to love signing the Mr.Softie type players.Even Granderson I'v seen kind of bow his head to the opposing pitcher.


Yet,with Wright they just come back and throw balls up and in to him sometimes nearing his head.


Enough with this "soft"mentality,it's ridiculous-Wright laughing it up with all the opposing players ect..Show some heart and hatred for the other teams!These guys need to go back and take a look at the 86 team (bada$$es of the league)and Met teams going back even further than that to maybe get them "fired-up"a bit.


Please,enough with this soft culture with this team,throw a water cooler in the dugout-do SOMETHING to show everyone you give a spit!

Anthony Giammattei
Anthony Giammattei

@nagel100 Since he got beaned by Cain, he hasn't been the same.  He was great his first 4-5 years, but since then has been streaky, hurt and unproductive. If he hits 9 home runs this year, he'll be lucky. Nicest guy in the world and a real warrior, but no longer has talent or mental approach to offset mediocrity.  He's so afraid of getting beaned, he steps back constantly on curve balls thrown toward him, making him vulnerable to striking out on a fastball, or outside slider.  The Mets will sit on their hands when it comes to David.  So he'll be a thorn in their side for the next 8 years.

nolrog
nolrog

@nagel100 He stayed in a losing situation based on lies from the ownership that they would build him a winner and then immediately started to cut payroll. 


Wright is a good complementary player, and would excel in that role, but he struggles terribly when the pressure is all on him.

grillruben
grillruben

@ugbmets21 

It's NY and a brand new venue, enough people are going to come. They're always going to draw enough people and make more money off their tv deal than anything else. It's the sad reality.


ShawnP
ShawnP

@Thomas Arvanites  Wow!That really is pathetic! Although you have to give the Astros organization credit for the direction they are taking.They obviously don't sit on their hands doing nothing like our pathetic FO is doing.


They TRY at least like many other teams do not named the NY Mets.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Amazing that at this late stage people still don't get it. Why should the Wilpons be stupid enough to sell a commodity that goes dramatically up in value with each passing year and which will keep them rich for all their natural lives?

bigslick
bigslick

I disagree. There is something to be said about having a player that is the face of the franchise be on your team for life - like Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter, etc......we never had that and we should have with Seaver, Gooden, Strawberry and Reyes.

Wright has suffered with us, hopefully he will be a productive member of the Mets when we turn this around (we need to fire Terry to get that ball rolling).

grillruben
grillruben

@George Komninakis 

I always say, he had game 7 of the NLCS and two game 162's that were playoff games and not once did he put the team on his back in those games. 

People discredit Beltran for taking strike 3, but the guy was $ when it counted. We were down two runs in game 162 and he hit a huge 2r hr and yet he is talked about like a failure and Wright can't do any wrong.

People think when you say these things you are saying he is a bad player, and that's not the case! We are simply saying he should not have the contract he currently has, especially given the ballpark and budget. For the money Murphy is making, and factoring in our budget, we would be much better served with him at 3rd and allocating Wright's money towards other players.

Rich
Rich

@theglider We love Wright, but he simply hasn't produced outside of singles this year.  He is the Captain and the leader of the team.  If the leader can't lead by example on the field..... We are screwed.  Wright needs to be in a good lineup he can't carry a team, and he's never been particularly clutch. 

grillruben
grillruben

@theglider 

He's a very good player, but he shouldn't be the face of your franchise. He's not THAT good. He's not commit that much of your payroll good. It's not his fault we built a stadium that negates his power, and they have surrounded him with garbage, but in the ideal world he is a #5 hitter with a power bat, like a Cliff Floyd backing him up.

matmil
matmil

@ShawnP @matmil Your right on about the lack of toughness this team shows. No heart at all. They seem to not really care about winning. They need to show a little fire and that should come from the captain.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

@ShawnP @matmil  Im with you 1000% Shawn. Every time I bring up 1986 and that type of player that had emotion, I get ripped. Today's team is way tooooo   soft.

syosset
syosset

It only makes them rich if they sell.

theglider
theglider

This us the only year he's struggled. His career numbers are solid and his numbers in recent years are ones that anyone would take.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@grillruben @theglider The face of the franchise is Lucas Duda.  Dwright is the face of 2006 and the Mets who used to win. He'll be the face again if we ever pull out of this, but for now Lucas Duda is more accurate.

theglider
theglider

So who should be the franchise face? It's not just about play on the field but what someone contributes in the community, the work they do and other things.

When was the last time Wright was in the headlines in a bad way? How often has he played hurt? How many times has he done work with kids?

So, again, who should be the face if the franchise if not him?

ShawnP
ShawnP

@matmil  Absolutely,man.It was a whole different time back then.These guys now get paid too much and all live in the lap of luxury.


I know it's not really David's personality but,like you said he's the captain of this team and HE needs to be the one to get this team fired up since TC or anyone else for that matter is not dong it!


I love David like most of the rest of Mets fans but something needs to be done to change this "soft culture"here on this team.


Glad to see David is #1 in the ASG race now also.

matmil
matmil

Old time ballplayers did not live a life of luxury like these guys do. They could be motivated by money or by memories of a much harder life that they lived when they were younger. Alot of them were vets who had seen combat or knew people who had. It was a much different enviorment then these guys live in.

ShawnP
ShawnP

@Bob Burket @ShawnP @matmil  Do you notice that too,Bob..When Wright "bows"his head to the opposing pitchers! It's like he's  saying "ok now,don't hit me in the head pal,I just showed you respect by bowing to you)

ShawnP
ShawnP

@Bob Burket @ShawnP @matmil  Absolutely "soft",Bob!That 86 team was so bada$$,it was such a delight to watch.Every team in the league hated them,yet they didn't care one bit and as they say..the rest is history!

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

That makes 2 of you.

Rich
Rich

Jason Bay had good numbers once too. What's your point exactly? Its 2014 not 2006.

grillruben
grillruben

@theglider 

I don't know how many times he has done work with kids...do you? Do you have the exact # of children he has visited in hospitals compared to the rest of the league? I don't get why that matters.

I know why he's the face. He's a good looking white dude who at one time was putting up monster numbers in a stacked lineup.

Even if we don't hear anything about his personal life who's to say he's not actually a giant d-bag? Let's be realistic, when we are talking about pro athletes we are talking about people that have been told they are the greatest thing since sliced bread basically for the entirety of their lives and have been given more money than they could ever know what to do with. I really wouldn't expect a pro athlete to not have a giant ego.


And I don't know how often hes played hurt because I've never switched bodies with David Wright. Playing hurt doesn't make you a great player. Sometimes it actually hurts your team. Best example being Brett Favre when he played for the Jets. Sorry that's a different sport, but it illustrates my point. 


Notice how everything you listed has absolutely nothing to do with his production on the diamond.


We are blessed to have him on the team. He just shouldn't be the best player if you expect to actually win anything. He's had a game 7 and two game 162 playoffs and failed to come up big in all those circumstances.


matmil
matmil

@ShawnP @matmil Shawn I don't know how old you are but I remember a manager ,Billy Martin who knew how to get players to play hard . He didn't coddle them, he didn't put up with stupid mistakes and he didn't allow you to use fatigue as an excuse. He took mediocre teams and made them better.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Grillruben The key words are your first three,they make all the rest meaningless

Rob Savage
Rob Savage

What difference does it make that he's "a white dude" that validates putting that there? That, by suggestion makes me believe that you are convinced that the Mets would never put a brown face as their face of the franchise. Just a stupid commentary that invalidates anything else you have to say. Clearly you are hung up on his whiteness.

grillruben
grillruben

@Rob Savage 

Ok, live in pretend-ville where you think race plays zero role. Who makes up the majority of the stadium at a Mets game? You can be Mr.PC all you want or you can pretend that him being a good looking white dude had absolutely nothing to do with making him the face of the team. 


I miss the "Joe-Jose-Jose" Delgado, Reyes, Beltran days, but white people are the majority of people buying luxury boxes. I work in sales for a professional sports organization that plays in NY (I won't name them) and I can tell you that stuff matters. Not saying it's right, but it's just real life.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Why do you miss Delgado,Reyes and Beltran,they didn't win anything inNY either.How could Beltran make the biggest out in Mets history yet you consider him money when it counted.you through out so much BS you don't even realize when you contradict yourself.

If that team had just a little better pitching, they would have won it all.

grillruben
grillruben

@Ed Yano 

He is arguably the greatest hitter in postseason history and you're gonna compare him to a guy that's made the playoffs once? Ed, he took an untouchable pitch from a Cy Young Caliber pitcher.

If Wainwright told him that pitch was coming he still could not have possibly hit it.

He hit .296 with 3 homers in that series. Wright hit .160 in that series. 

Also Beltran was never the face of the team.

I miss them because when we had them we consistently competed.  We didn't lose in 2006 cause of Beltran, we lost cause Pedro and El Duque got hurt and we were forced to start guys like Maine and Perez in the playoffs.

fhc1224
fhc1224

@grillruben @Ed Yano I think Beltran is the most underappreciated Met of all time and was an extremely clutch player.  Saying that, I can't absolve him from that 1 at bat.  Yes the pitch was unbielvable and no one could probably have hit it but I do not care how great it was, your season came down to one pitch you need to at least swing at it.  He swings and misses for the K then fine, you tip your hat to Wainwright and move on but to just leave your bat on your shoulder and let your season just pass on by is unaceptable.