When it comes to the New York Mets, there really isn’t much to be excited about outside of David Wright–especially after the team shipped R.A. Dickey off to the Toronto Blue Jays during the offseason. However, with the 2013 season right around the corner, there is at least one thing the Mets and their fans can be proud of–Wright is representing Team USA in this year’s World Baseball Classic.
Wright was named to the roster on Thursday as Team USA will kick off this year’s tournament on March 8 against Mexico in Arizona. Along with the rest of the teams in the tournament, Team USA will look to put an end to Japan’s reign as they’ve won the last two events–with the last one coming in 2009.
Despite New York’s disappointing 74-88 finish during the 2012 season, Wright had another impressive year during his eighth season with the team, as he batted over .300 (.306) for the first time since the 2009 season to go along with 21 home runs and 93 RBIs.
It’s still unknown whether or not New York will be contenders in the NL East this season, but a big part in that will be based off how well Wright performs in 2013. As one of the top third baseman in the game, the Mets will rely heavily on Wright once again next season, and there’s no question Team USA made the right choice for bringing him on board for this year’s tournament, as long as he can play at a similar level to last season.
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