ALL-TIME LEADERS: HOME RUNS

Strawberry has honor, but is Wright capable of passing him soon?

Darryl Strawberry’s lead on the New York Mets all-time home run record is in jeopardy of being broken in 2017. Strawberry, who played eight seasons with the Mets (1983-1990), currently leads Mets captain David Wright by 10 home runs.

But Wright has only played in 75 games between 2015 and 2016. During that two-year stint Wright has inched closer to the record, hitting 12 home runs. But since 2009, his production offensive production has been in decline, mostly as a result of injuries.

Wright was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in May 2015 and, one year later, in June 2016, Wright was sidelined with a severe neck injury that required season-ending surgery.

Rank
Player
G
HR
1
Darryl Strawberry
1109
252
2
David Wright
1583
242
3
Mike Piazza
972
220
4
Howard Johnson
1154
192
5
Dave Kingman
646
154
6
Carlos Beltran
839
149
7
Todd Hundley
829
124
8
Kevin McReynolds
787
122
9
Edgardo Alfonzo
1086
120
10
Ed Kranepool
1853
118

No one is quite certain, including Wright, what 2017 will bring. In a recent interview in Port St. Lucie, Wright confessed his health is a day-to-day negotiation.

“I’ve run, I’ve done some defensive drills and I’m hitting. Now, it’s just a matter of throwing. And because of the proximity of the neck surgery with my shoulder, that’s something I’ve really had to kind of build from the ground up. There were things I was doing exercise-wise with my neck surgery that I could do with my eyes closed, that I was struggling to do once I got back into the swing of things,” he said. “There was a difference from me going from nothing, to mentally wanting to ramp it up as quickly as possible.”

What’s fan reaction? Hopeful, but uncertain.

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