All time greatest from VA….#4

In this look at the ranking of the Top 10 greatest ballplayers from Virginia, we now go to #4

#10 1B George McQuinn (Arlington)
#9 SS Gene Alley (Richmond)
#8 OF Michael Cuddyer (Chesapeake)
#7 OF Jim Lemon (Covington)
#6 OF Tony Womack (Danville)
#5 OF Al Bumbry (Fredericksburg)

#4 3B David Wright (Chesapeake)

Chesapeake native David Wright was the 2001 Gatorade Virginia High School Player of the Year, earned All-State honors in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was named Virginia All-State Player of the Year in 2001.

Wright has played for the Mets as the regular 3B since 2004, and is the undisputed face of the franchise. Before he made his major league debut on July 21, 2004, he blew through the Mets minor league system, playing for three levels in two years. He got an extra special treat in 2004, as he got to play for his hometown Norfolk Tides for a spell that summer.

He made his major league debut and batted .293 with 14 HR and 40 RBIs in 69 games. He has gone to a stellar career with the Mets. Wright has made the all-star team every year since 2006. He won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 and 2013 he was selected to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. In 2014, the Major League Baseball network held an online vote to determine the face of MLB, and Wright was the winner.

As of May 31, 2014, he holds the following Mets career franchise records: 877 runs scored, 1627 hits, 2712 total bases, 357 doubles, 906 RBIs, 686 walks, 608 extra base hits, 62 sacrifice flies. He is also on pace to break the career singles and Homeruns records this season.


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