David Wright made a big comeback to beat out Placido Polanco at third base in the All Star voting in 2010. The 2010 All-Star game is David Wright’s 5th consecutive trip to the All-Star game and he has already placed himself high on the list of most All-Star appearances by a New York Met. Only a trio of New York Mets legends have more All-Star appearances than Wright.
Obviously there are a lot of New York Mets that have made one appearance in the All-Star game. Despite all the saves he has notched, John Franco was only an All-Star with the Mets for one season, the same amount of All-Star appearances as Armando Benitez. Johan Santana has only been an All-Star once with the Mets and other one-timers range from Duke Snider to Lance Johnson to Al Leiter.
Likewise there are a lot of two-time All-Stars in the New York Mets history, sixteen in all. Willie Mays ended his career in New York with two All-Star appearances. Pedro Martinez also notched two All-Star appearances in what will be two of his last good years. Other notable pitchers include Frank Viola, David Cone, Jery Koosman and Tom Glavine. Positions players include Bobby Bonilla, Howard Johnson and Todd Hundley.
The number of players starts to shrink at three All-Star appearances. David Wright’s teammate Jose Reyes notched his third All-Star appearance in 2010 to tie him with two other players. One of those players is a name most people have heard of, Keith Hernandez. Hernandez was an All-star with the Mets in 1984, 1986 and 1987. The third New York Met with three All-Star appearances is the lesser known Jon Matlack.
There are three New York Mets with three appearances and four New York Mets with four appearances. Coming into the 2010 season Carlos Beltran had the same amount of All-Star appearances as David Wright but could not keep up with Wright this year. The 80’s battery of Dwight Gooden and Gary Carter both had four All-Star appearances with the Mets. The fourth Met with four All-Star appearances is John Stearns.
That brings us to David Wright. David Wright is the only New York Met that currently has five All-Star appearances. Wright’s five consecutive All-Star appearances is tied with one of the players ahead of him in total All-Star appearances while the other two players ahead of David Wright both have the longest consecutive streak of seven All-Star appearances.
The two players with seven All-Star appearances each are the two players that David Wright is chasing to become the Mets greatest offensive player of all-time, Darryl Strawberry and Mike Piazza. Piazza had a break in his All-Star appearances so he is the one tied with Wright for five consecutive All-Star appearances while Strawberry is tied with the leader with seven consecutive All-Star appearances.
It’s probably not hard to guess who that person is. The leader in most All-Star appearances by a Met, 9, and leader in most consecutive All-Star appearances, 7, is pitcher Tom Seaver. Tom Seaver is about 40 wins and 700 strikeouts ahead of Gooden for the most in team history, compiled a 2.57 ERA in his Mets career and has the most complete games in team history by 63 games.
Mets All-Stars, MLB.com