09/25/12 11:54 PM ET
Wright ties record for most hits in Mets history
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
Wright added another significant record to his ledger in Tuesday night's 10-6 loss to the Pirates, homering in the first inning and adding a two-run single in the seventh to tie Ed Kranepool for the most hits in franchise history with 1,418. Wright needed only 1,255 games and 4,717 at-bats to reach the mark, compared to 1,853 and 5,436 for Kranepool.
Wright's first chance to make the record all his own will be Wednesday night, when the Mets again face the Pirates at Citi Field.
"It's very surreal," Wright said. "I don't think that you can sit back and really enjoy this until you're done playing, or maybe enjoy it a little in the offseason. It's a little odd and uncomfortable talking about something individual like this when we've had our struggles in the second half and haven't done what I think all of us really feel like we were capable of doing."
Statistically speaking, Wright has positioned himself at age 29 as perhaps the greatest hitter in franchise history. He leads the Mets in hits, doubles, walks, RBIs and runs scored, ranks second in batting average and third in on-base and slugging percentages.
Only three other active players lead their current club's all-time hits list: Derek Jeter of the Yankees, Todd Helton of the Rockies and Michael Young of the Rangers.
"He truly is a great player," manager Terry Collins said. "This guy holds records now in so many departments of the organization. In the short period of time that he's played with this team, it is truly a tribute first to his durability, and his talent. He plays every day. He plays hard. He prepares himself second to none and just continues to put up numbers."
Wright also ranks third in Mets history in home runs -- 49 behind all-time leader Darryl Strawberry -- second in at-bats and third in games played. If he signs a long-term contract extension with the Mets, he will be a near-lock to sit atop all of those categories when his playing career is through.
But that's hardly a guarantee, potentially making Wright's contract situation one of the hottest topics in baseball this offseason. The Mets hold a no-brainer $16-million option for 2013, and general manager Sandy Alderson has indicated that he wants to ink his third baseman to a long-term deal. But Wright broke off negotiations earlier this season, saying he preferred to wait until the winter to talk.
Signing Wright will likely cost more than the six years and $100 million the Nationals paid to re-sign their own homegrown third baseman, Ryan Zimmerman, earlier this year. And it would go against Alderson's usual philosophies.
In addition to lowering the Mets' payroll a record amount last winter, Alderson has publicly derided long-term contracts for six-year free agents such as Wright in the past. In the most relevant recent example, Alderson did not even submit a bid for homegrown Mets shortstop Jose Reyes last winter, allowing him to join the Marlins for six years and $106 million.
That, however, is conjecture for another day. All Wright can do now is try to appreciate another significant milestone in the face of another team defeat.
"Obviously, you'd like to do these types of things and win," Wright said late Tuesday night. "But I'm proud of the fact that I was able to tie it and hopefully break it tomorrow."