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2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – David Wright

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – David Wright

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of David Wright from the set:

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At the conclusion of the 2013 baseball season, David Wright completed his tenth year in the big leagues.  And during that time, Wright has played in the postseason just one time – 2006.

In 2006, Wright and his New York Mets teammates made it to the NLCS after defeating the Dodgers in the NLDS.

In 10 career postseason games, David Wright has compiled a .216 batting average with 8 hits, including 3 doubles and a home run.  He has scored 3 runs while driving in six.  And he has struck out 8 times while amassing an on-base percentage of just .310.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – David Wright

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – David Wright

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of David Wright from the set:

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Simply put, David Wright is the ‘King Of New York’.

At The 2013 baseball season was Wright’s 10th in the league and with the Mets.  He is second on the team all-time with a .301 batting average.  He has the highest tally of all Mets players in hits, doubles, RBI, runs scored, and trails Darryl Strawberry by 30 in the home run category.

Wright is signed with the Mets through the 2020 baseball is season.  If he stays with the team that long, he will go down with the crown of ‘Mr. Met’.

Did You Know…

During the 1999 basbeall season, John Olerud set a New York Mets team record by drawing 125 walks.  Of the 125, only 5 were intentional.

‘Good Eye Batter, Good Eye’!!!

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David Wright And Mets Agree To 7-Year Extension Through 2022

From MLB.com

The Mets and third baseman David Wright have come to terms on a seven-year, $122 million extension that will keep the six-time All-Star and face of the franchise in New York, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Friday.

The Mets have not commented on or confirmed the deal, which was first reported by Ed Coleman of WFAN Radio in New York.

Wright, who will turn 30 on Dec. 20, will make $16 million in 2013, the final year of his existing contract. Then he’ll make $122 million over the next seven years. The deal will be the most lucrative in club history. In total, Wright’s new deal will be for $138 million over the next eight years. Johan Santana’s six-year, $137.5 million contract from 2008 had previously been the club’s most expensive deal.

Wright, who could have become a free agent after next season, is in Jacksonville, Fla., to attend teammate Daniel Murphy’s wedding this weekend, according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin, who reported that the deal will likely be announced sometime next week after Wright returns to New York for a physical exam.

Wright was drafted by New York with the 38th pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, and made his Major League debut in 2004. In his nine-year career in Flushing, he has taken over the franchise lead in hits (1,426), RBIs (818) and walks (616). He hit .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs in 156 games for New York in 2012.

The deal enhances the possibility of Wright playing his entire career in a Mets uniform. If he plays out the contract in New York, he will be approaching 38 years old and will have played 17 seasons with the Mets.

With a deal in place for Wright, the Mets will head to next week’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., focused on the future of Music City native and 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, who can become a free agent after next season.

R.A. Dickey Is First Met To Win 20 Games In A Season Since Frank Viola

R.A. Dickey Is First Met To Win 20 Games In A Season Since Frank Viola

From ASSOCIATED PRESS

R.A. Dickey was so close yet so far from 20 wins, faltering from fatigue and fuming he had failed to seize the moment.

“About the fourth or fifth inning I felt exasperated. I was not myself today for the most part,” he said.

“And then I’d come out for an at-bat and I would hear this kind of growing surge, and it really was neat. I mean I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced something like that before. Maybe I never will again. Although I wasn’t distracted from the moment, how could you not be motivated to go out there and give the fans and, well, your teammates and yourself all that you have?” he said.

Absorbing the energy from 31,506 fans at the final home game of another sorry Mets season, Dickey summoned his strength and concentration. David Wright boosted him into the lead with a tiebreaking three-run homer, and Dickey led New York over Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Thursday to become the first knuckleballer in more than three decades to win 20 games.

“It’s like a big exhale,” Dickey said.

Throwing his hard knuckler at up to 78 mph, Dickey (20-6) allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings, tying his career high with 13 strikeouts and walking two.

With New York winding up its fourth straight losing season, he capped a trinity of highlights that began with the first Mets no-hitter by Johan Santana in June and continued with Wright setting the team career hits record on Wednesday.

“This was about R.A. today,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “It was about him. It was about his connection with the fans, the connection with the city. And so I said use that.”

Quite a turnaround from 2010, when Dickey began the season at Triple-A Buffalo and had to prove he belonged in the majors. And from last year, when he was 8-13.

The 37-year-old had never won more than 11 games in any previous season is just 61-56 in his big league career.

“I was the picture of mediocrity by my own admission,” he said.

But in the late stages of his career, he has mastered the knuckler — a pitch that has flummoxed most of those who have tried and must survive on fastballs.

“I think everybody here today would have taken one swing where they thought they were going to crush one and they swung right throw it,” Pirates outfielder Travis Snider said.

Dickey had never set a numerical goal for his pitching.

“It’s just much more for me if I can really harness the moment and suck the marrow out of every second, then I’ve done what I want to do and I can be satisfied,” he said.

Dickey became the first 20-game winner for the pitching-proud Mets since Frank Viola in 1990 and the first knuckleballer to accomplish the feat since Houston’s Joe Niekro in 1980, according to STATS LLC. Viola also reached 20 with a win over the Pirates.

New York Mets’ David Wright Becomes Team’s All-Time RBI Leader

New York Mets’ David Wright Becomes Team’s All-Time RBI Leader

By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com

NEW YORK — It may have taken David Wright a week to do it, but the Mets’ RBI record now belongs to him alone.

Wright hit a two-run home run against the Marlins in the sixth inning Wednesday, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead and putting him alone in franchise history with 735 RBIs. Wright had tied Darryl Strawberry with his 733rd RBI on April 18.

The third baseman already holds the franchise record for most career doubles (282), and is on track to pass Strawberry for most walks (580) and strikeouts (960) in club history. Before the season is finished, he could also catch Ed Kranepool in hits (1,418) and Jose Reyes in runs scored (704).

Wright ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in nearly every other major offensive category, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging. He has a $16 million team option on his contract for next season, after which he can become a free agent for the first time in his career. Whether he re-signs will play a significant role in how many records he is able to hold or extend.