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Mets’ Wright Gets Second Silver Slugger Award




New York Mets third baseman David Wright became the first Mets player to accumulate four seasons with 100 or more RBI. Photo Vinny DuPre

New York Mets third baseman David Wright became the first Mets player to accumulate four seasons with 100 or more RBI. Photo Vinny DuPre

New York Mets third baseman David Wright, who set career highs with 33 home runs, 124 RBI and 115 runs scored last year, captured his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award, the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. announced November 13. The award is voted on by National League managers and coaches.

“It’s a very prestigious award and I am proud to win it, considering the people who vote for the award,” Wright, 25, who also won his second straight Rawlings Gold Glove Award this year said. “This honor will help motivate me to an even better season in 2009.”

Wright, who was picked to his third All-Star Team last summer, also tied a career-high with 42 doubles last year.

In 2008, he came in second in the National League in RBI and hits (189), third in runs scored, third in total bases with a franchise record 334, 10th in hitting (.302), seventh in multiple-hit games (51), tied for seventh in doubles, fifth in walks (94), tied for the league lead with 11 sacrifice flies, seventh in on-base percentage (.390), seventh in extra-base hits (77) and 10th in slugging percentage (.534).

Last year, Wright hit .300 or better the final three months of the season: .317 in July, .310 in August and .340 in September.

Wright became the first Mets player to accumulate four seasons with 100 or more RBI. In addition in 2008, he became only the third baseman in major league history to have 25 home runs in four consecutive seasons prior to his 26th birthday. The other two were Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews (1952-1957) and Eric Chavez (2000-2003).

Wright is the sixth Mets player to win multiple Louisville Slugger Awards: Mike Piazza won the award five times (1998- 2002), while Gary Carter (1985-1986), Darryl Strawberry (1988 and 1990), Howard Johnson (1989 and 1991) and Carlos Beltran (2006 and 2007) each earned the honor twice.

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