Mets’ Wright On WFAN: Aiming To Be Average Gets Us Nowhere
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — David Wright has seen enough mediocrity in his years with the New York Mets.
Now the captain sees things turning around — and he has some lofty ambitions.
“I want to get to the playoffs,” Wright told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Tuesday. “No question that everybody’s goal here should be going to the playoffs.”
Wright said there’s nothing wrong with general manager Sandy Alderson expecting 90 wins from a franchise that hasn’t touched 80 since 2008.
“Going out there and being a little better than last year still gets us third or fourth place,” Wright said. “Nobody goes out there at the beginning of the season and says, ‘Hey, let’s play average baseball. Let’s try to be a third- or a fourth-place team.’ That doesn’t go with my personality. I don’t accept that.”
Wright is high on the Mets’ young arms — guys like Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard — and said the vibe in the clubhouse this spring training has been noticeably different thanks to the additions of veterans Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon.
“You have some guys that have won before in the clubhouse, that have high expectations for themselves,” he said. “And I think that kind of rubs off on everybody else.”
The Mets finished third in the NL East in 2013 with their second consecutive 74-88 season.
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