07.15.14

Joel Sherman Congratulates The Mets On Building Around A Former Superstar

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With the Mets heading into the All-Star break having won 7 of their last 8 and actually being on the periphery of both the NL East and Wild Card chases (not only is this glass half full, it’s 100 proof!), what kind of a churlish sort would dare suggest that 3B David Wright is pretty much washed up?  Enter the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, who wonders, “was (Wright’s) mostly tepid first half and lingering injury symbolic of a player now 31 and beginning his fade process, or was it just a tepid first half and standard injury regardless of age?”

Have the Mets wasted the prime of arguably their best homegrown position player ever with bad teams, bad finances and by constructing a stadium that diluted his power?

The Mets asked players such as Ike Davis, Jason Bay and Jeff Francoeur to protect Wright in the lineup. They traded away Carlos Beltran. They didn’t re-sign his sidekick, Jose Reyes. And then there was the clownish and incompetent stuff, including misdiagnosing Wright and allowing him to play through a stress fracture in his lower back in 2011.

A player is generally considered in his prime from his mid-20s-to-30. And from 2009-2013, Wright played from ages 26-30. And the Mets joined the Astros as the only clubs in that five-season span to not generate a winning record.

The Mets asked players such as Ike Davis, Jason Bay and Jeff Francoeur to protect Wright in the lineup. They traded away Carlos Beltran. They didn’t re-sign his sidekick, Jose Reyes. And then there was the clownish and incompetent stuff, including misdiagnosing Wright and allowing him to play through a stress fracture in his lower back in 2011.

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