In 2004 I really started to get into baseball once I heard of an emerging prospect. His name was David Wright. When I thought of the Mets the first thing that came to my mind was David Wright and then Mike Piazza! He was my idol growing up. There will never be another captain for the New York Mets or at least that’s what it feels like. David Wright was given the captain title in 2013 joining joining Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and John Franco as the only other captains in franchise history.
The day David Wright got called up to the big leagues in 2004, Howard Johnson called him and said “Go up there and break all my records.” And that he did.
I grew up watching David Wright from the moment he got his call up in 2004. Him and Jose Reyes were the reasons why I got into baseball at such a young age. They were the corner stone on the left side of the infield. Young, energetic and fun to watch. I played softball up until my last year in college and I used to emulate his at bat rituals. He would tuck his bat underneath his arm and redo his batting gloves. He would take a deep breath before getting back into the batters box. Stick his tongue out after swinging the bat or bare handing a ground ball. He took every game seriously. No days off. He loved the game and made me love the game too.
Kids today that are just getting into baseball need idols/heros. These kids are looking for players to root for and look up to. The Mets have some stars on their team that can emerge as the next leaders on this ball club. Names that come to mind are Michael Conforto, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard who can become the face of the Mets in the future. Now I am not saying that these men will have a C stamped to their jersey’s and replace Wright. That will probably never happen or it won’t happen for a very long time.
Most fans voted for deGrom and Conforto. In the replies others said Brandon Nimmo. All 4 of these guys mentioned have the personality to lead. Now lets look at their baseball statistics:
Second half: .270/.338/.531, .365 wOBA, 134 wRC+, 1.4 fWAR, .260 ISO, 14 HR, 38 RBI.
- Back-to-back seasons with at least 25 homers (27 in 2017).
- David Wright. Darryl Strawberry. Michael Conforto. These are the three
#Mets to post back-to-back seasons of at least 25 home runs that were younger than 26 years old.
- recorded his 200th RBI on 9/12. He became the 47th Met to record at least 200 RBI with the club.
- Drafted in 2014 and called up in 2015
- 2nd player to hit 2 home runs in a World Series game (Gary Carter)
- All star in 2017
- set an MLB single-season record with 26 straight starts allowing 3 runs or fewer.
- has a 1.71 ERA with a 8-9 era
- has a 2.02 ERA in the team’s losses he’s started this season.
- All star in 2015 and 2018
- ROY in 2014
- Potential Cy Young winner?
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Syndergaard is the first rookie since 1900 to win 2 consecutive starts with 9 strikeouts and no walks in each start
- provided the Mets only win in game 3 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals.
- In 2016, he went 14-9 with a 2.60 era and 218 strikeouts. He finished 9th in the Cy Young award.
- 2016 All Star
- Started the 2016 wild card game
- 9th in the majors and 4th in the NL in OBP and he’s slugging .497 in 2018
- two pinch hit go-ahead homeruns in the ninth inning or later this season
In my opinion there won’t be another captain for a long time. The David Wright Era has come to an end and someone else will emerge the next face of the Mets. I think Michael Conforto given his age and talent will emerge as the next leader and voice for this club. Similar to Wright, Conforto has shown he is a major league player and off the field a class act with his charities.