No one can say what the future brings. But David Wright, who turns 30 today, has already been the best player through age 30 in the history of the New York Mets.
As per WAR, through age 30: Wright has a total of 39.1. That’s better than any other Met, with the closest Darryl Strawberry (34.4), Edgardo Alfonzo (28.0) and Jose Reyes (27.0). Even had Reyes’ age-29 season in 2012 been with the Mets, he was still way behind Wright.
Strawberry has Wright beaten on OPS+, 145 to 135, but defense and positional value more than make up for the difference. And Wright has the edge on everyone else in Mets history, meaning he’s been a better hitter than all of them through age 30, forgetting about his defensive edge playing third base.
Strawberry also holds the edge in home runs through age 30, 252-204, but that is an edge Wright should be on pace to erase by the time he’s, say, 32.
It’s just an easy reminder of David Wright’s role as the best player, at this stage in his career, you’ve ever had the privilege of watching as a New York Met. And for the next eight years, you’ll have more of an opportunity to do so. Let’s hope the Mets put a team around him worthy of such a player.