David Wright
American baseball player
David Wright
David Wright is an American baseball player, who plays third base for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He was drafted by the Mets in 2001, and made his Major League debut in 2004. Wright is a five-time All-Star, and won the Gold Glove Award and the Silver Slugger Award in 2007 and 2008. He also is a member of the 30–30 club, and holds the record for most career RBI and doubles as a Met.
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WATCH: White House plots path forward after health care loss
ABC News - 3 days
ABC News' David Wright and George Stephanopoulos track the latest political news.
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WATCH: How are Americans reacting to the GOP health care bill?
ABC News - 10 days
ABC News' David Wright spoke to people in Florida about their thoughts on the future of health care in the United States.
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Did ancient people help to create the Sahara Desert thousands of years ago?
Yahoo News - 13 days
Ten thousand years ago, the Sahara desert was a green landscape with lush vegetation – but then something turned it into the arid desert we know today. Previous studies have suggested that changes in Earth’s orbit might have driven the change – but a new paper suggests another culprit: ancient human beings. Dr. David Wright, from Seoul National University, says, ‘In East Asia there are long established theories of how Neolithic populations changed the landscape so profoundly that monsoons stopped penetrating so far inland.
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On Ailing Shoulder, David Wright Carries a Burden of Uncertainty to Mets’ Camp
NYTimes - 27 days
Wright, the Mets’ third baseman who has been unable to throw because of shoulder pain, refused to say when he might return to the field.
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Mets’ David Wright Now Sidelined by Shoulder Impingement
NYTimes - 29 days
The 34-year-old third baseman was sent back to New York for further examination; it is unlikely he will be on the roster for opening day.
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For Mets’ Infield, Chiropractor May Be the Most Important Position
NYTimes - about 1 month
Third baseman David Wright, second baseman Neil Walker and first baseman Lucas Duda must all monitor the residual effects of back injuries.
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Mets’ David Wright Exercising Caution About Returning to Throwing
NYTimes - about 1 month
Wright, a third baseman who had season-ending disk surgery in June and continues to deal with spinal stenosis, has been in training camp for weeks but has not thrown a baseball since May.
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WATCH: Hurricane Matthew Aftermath in Haiti
ABC News - 6 months
ABC News correspondent David Wright visits with survivors in devastated Jeremie, Haiti.
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U.S. man to plead guilty to conspiring to help Islamic State
Yahoo News - 6 months
A Rhode Island man charged last year with plotting to behead Massachusetts police officers in support of the Islamic State militant group is due to plead guilty to conspiracy charges this week, according to court papers on Tuesday. Nicholas Rovinski, 25, was arrested last year along with his friend David Wright, 26, of Massachusetts, and charged with plotting with Wright's uncle, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, who was shot dead by law enforcement agents in Boston last year when he threatened them with a knife. In a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston on Tuesday, Judge William Young scheduled a "rule 11" hearing for Rovinski on Thursday.
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Teaching 'Muslim Americans' In Texas, The Hotbed Of Islamophobia
Huffington Post - 7 months
Armed and Vigilant: In Fear of a Muslim Uprising in Texas. That is that title of a recent Al Jazeera mini-documentary on YouTube. The clip delves into the inflammatory anti-Muslim sentiment bubbling up in Texas. In the video, Tania Rashid, an Al Jazeera reporter, talks to David Wright, a member of the Bureau on American-Islamic Relations, or BAIR, an obvious mockery of the advocacy group CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Wright told Rashid: "A lot of us here are using either pigs' blood or bacon grease on our bullets, packing it in the middle, so that when you shoot a Muslim, they go straight to hell. That's what they believe in their religion." As I highlighted in a recent publication, hardly anyone flinched after Wright incited violence against Muslims. Nobody questioned where Wright had been radicalized. There were no hearings on Capitol Hill to discuss "Christian crusaders" or "white supremacists." Essentially, it was open-season for Islamophobia. Muslim Amer ...
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Former Elburn cop halts sex assault trial, pleads guilty
Chicago Times - 7 months
After listening to a relative tearfully testify how she had been raped at age 7, a former Elburn police officer asked his lawyer to stop his trial. David Wright, 54, of Campton Hills, then pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal sexual assault and accepted a 23-year prison sentence. Assistant Public...
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After Neck Surgery, Mets’ David Wright Expects to Return ‘as Good as New’
NYTimes - 9 months
Wright, the team’s captain and third baseman, may take up to three months to heal after having a herniated disk removed, but his back problems complicate his rehabilitation.
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Aches and Pains Leaving Mets Short on Manpower
Wall Street Journal - 9 months
David Wright and the Mets have been the victims of an ever-expanding catalog of injuries this season, leaving the team short on available players and struggling to stay afloat in the National League East.
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David Wright Opts for Neck Surgery
NYTimes - 10 months
The procedure will repair a herniated disk and creates still more concerns about the future status of the Mets’ captain.
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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup
Yahoo News - 10 months
New York Mets third baseman David Wright, who hasn't played in a week because of a herniated disk in his neck, was placed on the disabled list Friday and might be out six to eight weeks. Wright received an anti-inflammatory shot in his neck this week and apparently didn't show sufficient improvement in his condition Thursday, leading to the decision to take him off the roster. The Mets recalled infielder Matt Reynolds to replace Wright on the roster.
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David Wright’s Neck Injury Puts James Loney on First Base for Mets
NYTimes - 10 months
With Wilmer Flores taking over third base for Wright, who said he had a herniated disk, the newly acquired Loney has the starting role that belonged to Lucas Duda, who remains on the disabled list.
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Mets' David Wright could be headed to DL
LATimes - 10 months
New York Mets third baseman David Wright has a herniated disk in his neck and could be headed to the disabled list. Wright, 33, did not play Monday for the third consecutive day. He got an MRI exam and was given anti-inflammatory medicine over the weekend. Wright was on the DL from April 15 to...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Wright
  • 2012
    Age 29
    Then on September 26 2012, Wright surpassed Kranepool as Mets all-time hit record holder with an infield single also at home against the Pirates.
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    On September 25, 2012, Wright tied the all time hit record with the Mets Ed Kranepool with 1,418 hits in a game at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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  • 2011
    Age 28
    Wright enjoyed a career first on August 7, 2011; playing shortstop for the first time in his professional career due to injuries to José Reyes and Daniel Murphy.
    More Details Hide Details In only 102 games Wright finished the season with a .254 batting average, .345 on-base percantage, 14 home runs, 61 RBIs, 52 walks, and 13 stolen bases. On April 5, Wright went 2-3 with a walk on as the Mets' Opening Day third-baseman against the Braves, where Wright drove in Andrés Torres with a single for the game-winning run in the 6th inning off of Tommy Hanson, giving the Mets the 1-0 win. Less than a week later, on April 11, Wright fractured his right pinkie while diving into first base on a pick-off attempt. After missing just three games, Wright returned to the lineup,going 3-for-5 against the Phillies. Then on April 25, Wright hit a two run home run in a 5-1 victory against the Miami Marlins, giving him 735 career RBIs, passing Darryl Strawberry for the most in Mets franchise history. Wright broke another franchise record on June 5, when he hit a solo-shot off of Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, driving himself in and reaching 736 runs. The previous record holder was José Reyes at 735 runs. On July 1, it was announced that Wright had made his 6th All-Star team, but as a back up to Pablo Sandoval. Wright led the All-Star vote for most of the year but was overtaken the last week. For the first half of the season Wright was either atop or close to the top of the league in both batting average and on-base percentage, and leads NL third basemen in average, OBP, slugging, hits and runs scored.
    Wright was activated from the DL on July 22, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details That day, he went two-for-five and had two RBIs and scored two runs against the Florida Marlins. In his first series coming back from the DL, Wright hit six-for-14, with one home run, three doubles and six RBIs.
    Then on May 16, 2011, after undergoing examination by team doctors, it was announced Wright had a stress fracture in his lower back.
    More Details Hide Details The injury (caused by a diving tag on the Astro's Carlos Lee) forced him to spend over two months on the disabled list.
    On April 5, 2011, Wright singled against the Phillies' Cole Hamels for his 90th career game-winning RBI, surpassing Mike Piazza for the most in Mets history.
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  • 2010
    Age 27
    On July 13, 2010, Wright collected 2 hits and a stolen base in the 81st All-Star Game in Anaheim.
    More Details Hide Details He is now 6-for-13 in his All-Star Game at bats. He is tied for fifth all-time in All-Star Game batting average. As of August 20, he has more than doubled his home run total from 2009. Wright finished the season with a .283 batting average, .354 on-base percantage, 29 home runs, 103 RBIs, 69 walks, and 19 stolen bases. He led all major league third basemen in errors, with 20.
    On July 6, Wright was named the June 2010 National League Player of the Month after he hit .404 with 11 doubles, 6 home runs, and 29 RBIs.
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    By June 25, Wright had 12 home runs, which led the team, and was batting .294 with 57 RBIs to lead the N.L. On July 4, 2010, Wright was named the starting third baseman for the National League in the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and became Wright's fifth consecutive All-Star Game appearance.
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  • 2009
    Age 26
    Wright was selected to play third base for the United States in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
    More Details Hide Details In the second round, with the United States facing elimination against Puerto Rico, Wright delivered a 9th inning walk-off hit against Fernando Cabrera to win the game for the Americans. The win guaranteed Team USA a spot in the semifinal round. Wright has maintained homes on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and in Manalapan, New Jersey, wherein he owns a Boxer named Homer. Clubhouse nicknames include "Visine" and "Hollywood". His brother Stephen was enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2007, and attended classes in Norris Hall, the scene of the majority of shootings in the Virginia Tech Massacre. He could not get a hold of Stephen that day and did not find out he was all right until his younger brother Matthew, a freshman at James Madison University, called and informed him of Stephen's whereabouts. In May 2007, Vitamin Water was sold to the Coca-Cola Corporation for $4.1 billion. As part of his endorsement deal, Wright was given .5% of the company, and thus netted approximately $20 million from the deal.
    Wright, along with Jose Reyes, arrived at the Mets's Spring Training camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida two weeks early to get a head start on preparing themselves after a disappointing 2009 campaign.
    More Details Hide Details Wright came into camp heavier than he has in previous seasons, adding more muscle to his body. On Opening Day, Wright hit a two run home run off of the Marlins' Josh Johnson in his first at bat of the season. On April 27 in the second game of a double header against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wright reached the 1,000 hit mark against pitcher Ramón Troncoso in the bottom of the 5th inning as he hit a two-out RBI single scoring Ángel Pagán and giving the Mets a 4–3 lead. In the following inning, Wright hit a 3-run triple to the right-center field wall, scoring Pagán, Luis Castillo, and José Reyes, and giving the Mets a 10–3 lead at the time. The Mets won the game 10–5. On May 20, he hit a three run double after Mets manager Jerry Manuel gave Wright a day off.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    Wright experienced a sharp decline in production after a potent campaign in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details His home run total dwindled to 10, while his RBI total fell to 72, after hitting 33 home runs and 124 RBIs the previous season. His strike out total also spiked to a career high 140 for the season. Analysts speculated that Citi Field's large dimensions, and increased pressure to perform for an injury depleted team caused his sudden drop-off.
    Wright finished seventh in the voting for the 2008 NL MVP award.
    More Details Hide Details Wright hit the first Mets home run in Citi Field history on Monday, April 13, 2009, Citi Field's Opening Day. The three-run home run was hit off San Diego Padres pitcher Walter Silva in the 5th inning. In mid-August when 10 Mets players were on the disabled list, Wright would soon be added to the list after sustaining an injury on August 15. Wright suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head with a fastball by San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain. He was admitted to the Hospital for Special Surgery, where he underwent a precautionary CT scan which turned out negative. The following day he left the hospital diagnosed with post-concussion symptoms. He was then placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career. Despite the injury to Wright, Mets General Manager Omar Minaya stated that there were no plans to shut him down for the remainder of the season. In fact, Wright was activated from the disabled list on September 1 and started at third base against the Colorado Rockies that evening. In that game, Wright wore a new style of batting helmet (the Rawlings S100). He would abandon that helmet after wearing it in that one game. Wright explained that he found the helmet uncomfortable. "It's the last thing I need to be worrying about in the box is trying to shove it on my head.
    On December 22, 2008, Wright was announced as a member of Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The third base position was taken by Alex Rodriguez in the 2006 WBC, but Rodriguez was on the Dominican Team in 2009's Classic.
    On November 5, 2008, Wright was announced as the recipient of the Rawlings' Gold Glove Award for third basemen.
    More Details Hide Details It was the second consecutive year in which Wright won the award. His teammate, Carlos Beltran, also won the award for center fielders. He also won his second Silver Slugger Award.
    Wright hit his first-ever walk-off home run of his baseball career on August 7, 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 24
    Had dinner with President Bush at the White House in 2007 and is a registered Republican. http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/item_wTV6xW023qMgeaO3EXBetK
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Wright began his own charitable organization, the David Wright Foundation. Its mission is to increase awareness about multiple sclerosis and to raise money for multiple sclerosis organizations and projects. The Foundation hosted its first annual gala at the New York Stock Exchange Members' Club on December 16, 2005, donating the proceeds to two multiple sclerosis centers. During the 2009 season, Wright and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter represented their foundations in a competition sponsored by Delta Air Lines. Jeter had the higher batting average and received $100,000 for his foundation from Delta while Wright's foundation received $50,000. Delta Air Lines named an MD-88 airplane after Wright. The plane's name, along with Wright's signature and jersey number (5), are next to the boarding door. The plane shuttles between New York, Boston and Washington. Wright is noted for his unaffected politeness and work ethic. He has been known to help participate with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He has developed a reputation for arriving very early to the park for games and being uncommonly accommodating with fans and reporters.
    Wright was awarded the 2007 Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger Award at third base.
    More Details Hide Details He also was fourth in the NL MVP voting receiving 182 votes. Wright began the year with two doubles, including a bases-clearing double, in finishing 2–4 with three RBIs in the Mets' Opening Day victory over the Marlins, 7–2. With the RBIs, Wright already halfway matched his RBI production from the preceding April. In the final game of the series, Wright went 3–5 with a 3-run home run. On April 13, Wright hit his 100th career home run, a solo shot off of Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jeff Suppan.
    On September 16, 2007, Wright became the 29th and one of the youngest players in baseball history to join the 30–30 club, after hitting a 7th inning solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies at Shea Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details He is only the third player to reach this milestone before his 25th birthday, and only the third Met to reach this milestone in club history, the other two being Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry.
    Wright's hit streak of 26 regular season games ended on April 21, 2007 against the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details Wright went for 4 with 2 strikeouts and walked once.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    In 2006, Wright was named National League Co-Player of the Week for June 12–18 along with teammate José Reyes.
    More Details Hide Details For the month, Wright batted .327 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs.
    He had a hit in the 12 final regular season games of the 2006 season, and had a hit in all of the first 14 games of the 2007 season.
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    Wright participated in the 2006 Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series along with fellow teammates José Reyes, Julio Franco, and John Maine.
    More Details Hide Details As of April 19, 2007, Wright had a hit streak of 26 regular season games; the previous team record was 24, held by Mike Piazza and Hubie Brooks.
    On August 6, 2006, Wright signed a 6-year contract extension with the Mets worth $55 million, as well as a $1.5 million signing bonus.
    More Details Hide Details The contract paid him $1 million in 2007, $5 million in 2008, $7.5 million in 2009, & $10 million in 2010, $14 million in 2011, and $15 million in 2012. The contract also contains a club option for 2013 which is worth $16 million. Wright has already announced that he will donate $1.5 million to the Mets Foundation throughout the course of this contract. The Mets captured the NL East title in 2006 and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2000. Wright struggled in his first and only postseason, going 4–25 (.160) in the Mets' NLCS loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, and batting a mere .216 in 10 postseason games.
    Wright ranked among the club's top three hitters in all offensive categories for the 2006 Mets, who were the second most run-scoring team in the National League.
    More Details Hide Details Fans at Shea Stadium have routinely greeted Wright's performances with chants of "M-V-P, M-V-P." According to then teammate Tom Glavine, "He's probably been our most clutch hitter over the first half of the season and he's certainly thrown his hat into the MVP talks."
    Wright also participated in the 2006 Home Run Derby, reaching the final round but finishing second to Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies.
    More Details Hide Details He hit 22 home runs in the contest, including 16 in the first round, the third highest total in any one round in the history of the Home Run Derby. The following night, he hit a home run in his first All-Star Game at-bat off American League starting pitcher Kenny Rogers.
    Wright was voted on to his first MLB All-Star Game as the starting third baseman for the NL. During the 2006 season, Wright collected 74 RBIs before the All-Star Break, breaking the Mets record previously held by Mike Piazza, who had 72 RBIs in 2000.
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    Two weeks later on May 19, he hit a walk-off single off vaunted closer Mariano Rivera that just sailed over the head of center fielder Johnny Damon as the Mets rallied to beat the Yankees in the first game of the 2006 Subway Series, 7–6.
    More Details Hide Details He capped off the month on Memorial Day, May 29, with a single to the wall in left-center field off Arizona Diamondbacks closer José Valverde scoring José Reyes from first base as the Mets defeated Arizona, 8–7. Wright also made a game-saving stop at third base of a would-be game-tying single by Mike Lieberthal for the final out of a 4–3 Mets victory over Philadelphia on August 5.
    Wright also provided his share of heroics throughout the 2006 season.
    More Details Hide Details His first game-winning hit occurred on May 5 with a 2-out double just out of the reach of a chasing Andruw Jones in the bottom of the 14th inning off Jorge Sosa to defeat the Atlanta Braves, 8–7.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    Wright caught a ball bare-handed and over the shoulder during the seventh inning of a game at PETCO Park against the San Diego Padres on August 9, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details With one out in the inning, Brian Giles hit a blooper beyond the edge of the outfield grass. Wright, retreating quickly with his back to home plate, extended his bare right hand and caught the ball cleanly while crashing to the ground. Wright would maintain control of the ball after landing hard on the outfield grass. The sellout crowd at PETCO Park acknowledged the splendor of the catch with a standing ovation lasting several minutes. This play was voted the "This Year in Baseball Play of the Year."
    In 2005, the 22-year-old Wright played in 160 games and batted .306 with 27 home runs, 99 runs, 102 RBIs, 42 doubles, and 17 stolen bases, leading the team in average, runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBI, doubles, and finishing second in home runs to Cliff Floyd (34).
    More Details Hide Details Wright was also in the top ten in the National League for average, hits, total bases, RBI, extra base hits, and runs. Wright's 24 errors tied him with Troy Glaus for the most errors by a third baseman in the major leagues.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    On July 21, 2004, he made his major league debut starting at third base against the Montreal Expos.
    More Details Hide Details Since then, Wright has been the Mets regular starting third baseman. During his first major league season, he had a .293 batting average, 14 home runs and 40 RBIs in 263 at bats in 69 games, and was voted as the This Year in Baseball Awards Rookie of the Year.
    In 2004, he quickly rose from the Double-A Binghamton Mets, to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, to the major leagues.
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  • 2003
    Age 20
    Wright progressed steadily in his first three years of minor league play, winning the Sterling award for best player on the class A St. Lucie Mets in 2003.
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  • 2001
    Age 18
    Wright was chosen by the Mets in the 2001 amateur draft during the supplemental round as compensation for the Mets' loss of Mike Hampton to the Colorado Rockies in free agency.
    More Details Hide Details Wright was selected after future teammate Aaron Heilman who had been selected in the first round.
    After high school, Wright was signed by the New York Mets after being taken 38th overall during the 2001 MLB Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Yet prior to his signing with the Mets, Wright planned to attend Georgia Tech and major in engineering.
    Wright was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. Wright attended Hickory High School in Chesapeake and worked extensively with Coach Nick Boothe of Virginia Wesleyan College. Wright was the 2001 Gatorade Virginia High School Player of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Wright also earned All-State honors in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was named Virginia All-State Player of the Year in 2001. Over his four-year career at Hickory, Wright hit .438 with 13 home runs and 90 RBIs.
    He was drafted by the Mets in 2001, and made his Major League debut in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Wright is a six-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner and two-time Silver Slugger Award. He also is a member of the 30–30 club. In addition he holds the Mets record for most career RBIs, doubles, total bases, runs scored, and hits.
  • 1982
    Born on December 20, 1982.
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