It’s the kind of thing that, when you hear it, you assume there has been a mistake. But when you hear that David Wright moved into the top spot in New York Mets franchise history with 1,419 career hits, there is no mistake.
The Mets, of course, have existed since only 1962 and while they’ve had a plethora of great hitters throughout their history, their previous record was a rather pedestrian total compared to most clubs.
Wright singled in the bottom of the third inning of New York’s 6-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night to surpass the previous mark, which had been held by former first baseman Ed Kranepool.
It took Kranepool 18 seasons to amass his total, starting in their inaugural season as a 17-year-old. He never totaled more than 133 hits in a single season. Wright, who is still just 29 years old, has broken the franchise record in just his ninth season in the big leagues.