Jaerocks the house: “It’s a movement to transform and change the heart of the dark part of New York City”
Wright will end this year as the Mets’ career leader in hits, runs, runs batted in, walks, doubles, total bases and sacrifice flies, and with about 40 wins above replacement. That’s basically what Derek Jeter did through the same age, and the only players who did meaningfully better in New York in their 20s aren’t just Hall of Famers, but icons: Mantle, Mathewson, Ott, Gehrig, Seaver, Ruth, Snider and DiMaggio. And for all that, if Wednesday is Wright’s last game as a Met, it probably will be for the best.
This isn’t because of anything Wright has done or left undone—there’s nothing bad to say about him—or even because of the Mets’ finances, which, bad as they are, still will allow them to pay Wright as much as or more than any other team. Rather it’s because of the radical changes in baseball over the past few years, which somewhat perversely give the Mets every incentive to move Wright while they can.
...All of this is cold, but so is baseball: Mathewson, Ruth and Seaver all moved on from New York, and sooner or later, so will Wright. If the Mets trade him now, it won’t undo any of what he’s already done, which is enough to establish him as the sort of player who ought to have a statue made of him when he finally ends his career, and it certainly won’t harm him a bit. The man turns 30 in December, and unless he turns out to be a Jeter-like freak, he probably has only two or three years of real stardom left in him.
It might be nice to see him spend them in a place where fans turn up to the ballgames, and cheer when they do.
Posted: October 01, 2012 at 05:31 AM | 32 comment(s)
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