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Six hits shy of matching Ed Kranepool’s all-time franchise hits record, David Wright spoke Wednesday about what it will mean to pass Kranepool:
“I hope I get there,” Wright said. “It’s been a grind lately. But it’s something I’m really, really proud about. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it much more when I’m done playing and can kind of look back. But as of now, it’s difficult to sit back and truly enjoy it or pat yourself on the back because of the position we’ve put ourselves in in the second half. But obviously it’s humbling and very exciting to be able to break some of these team records. I’m very proud of that.”
Asked about his relationship with Kranepool, Wright said: “He’s out here somewhat frequently so I get a chance to talk to him. It’s nice, some of these players that come back, including Ed, to get to know and understand the history of the organization. He always has really nice things to say to me. He’s always very encouraging. Obviously that’s nice when some of these former players come back and are as helpful and encouraging as Ed is.”
Here’s where Wright ranks all-time on several of the team’s major offensive lists:
1. Ed Kranepool, 1,418
2. David Wright, 1,4,12
1. Darryl Strawberry, 252
2. Mike Piazza, 220
3. David Wright, 200
1. David Wright, 806
2. Darryl Strawberry, 733
1. David Wright, 782
2. Jose Reyes, 735
1. David Wright, 321
2. Ed Kranepool, 225
1. Ed Kranepool, 5,436
2. David Wright, 4,690
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The Mets have released their bobblehead schedule for the 2012 season and it’s throwback-themed. As part of their 50th-anniversary celebration, the Mets will give away bobbleheads of some of the key figures in franchise history. Here’s the complete list:
April 22 vs. SF: Tom Seaver
May 26 vs. SD: Rusty Staub
June 17 vs. CIN: Keith Hernandez
July 21 vs. LAD: Edgardo Alfonzo
Aug. 25 vs. HOU: Mike Piazza
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In a recent interview with the New York Times, Mike Piazza said that if he is elected to the Hall of Fame, he would prefer to have a Mets cap on his plaque in Cooperstown.
“The bulk of my career was with the Mets,” Piazza told the Times, “and after going through the trade, then the drama of 9/11. I’ll never forget my Dodger days. But my time with the Mets is what I’ll remember most about my career.”
Piazza played seven full seasons in New York, more than anyplace else. Though his years there were not as dominant as his formative years with the Dodgers, Piazza did markedly raise his profile as a Met.
Per a recent rule change, Major League Baseball no longer allows players to choose their Hall of Fame caps. In Piazza’s case, there could easily be a split decision.
First, of course, he has to make it. Though widely considered the greatest offensive catcher of his generation, Piazza will — fairly or not — fall under suspicion and scrutiny for playing during the height of the steroid era. Still, he should be close to a lock to make the Hall when he is eligible in 2013, or shortly thereafter.
When Henry Blanco hit his first career walk-off home run on Saturday to lead the Mets over the Giants, he and Rod Barajas became the first catchers in Major League history to hit walk-off homers for their team on consecutive days. No franchise has had either a single catcher or multiple catchers accomplish the feat.
Some more walk-off factoids:
- Blanco’s hit marked the first time the Mets have hit walk-off homers in back-to-back games since Robin Ventura and Mike Piazza on July 28 and 29, 2001.
- It was the first time the Mets had consecutive walk-off wins since Sept. 20 and 21, 2005, when Mike Jacobs and Miguel Cairo each hit walk-off singles.
- Four of the Mets’ last five games have ended on walk-offs — two wins, two losses.
- The Mets have walked off 11 times against the Giants, their most against any team other than the Cubs (14) and Pirates (13).