Hot Sports Take: Countdown to Spring Training #6 & #5

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We continue our countdown of the 20 Hottest MLB players and you get two today since yesterday I spent most of the day at the Chicago Auto Show. Here are today’s picks:

#6 – David Wright

#5|3B|New York MetsWright

Born : December 20, 1982
Birthplace: Norfolk, VA
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 210lbs.
Bats: Right. Throws: Right
MLB Debut: July 21, 2004

Wright has pretty much carried the Mets over the years and was hit with a couple of injuries last year that slowed him down, he’s had great individual success but not much as a team. He’s hoping that changes in 2014.

Career Statistics: (Through 2013)
Batting Average: .301
Hits: 1,558
Home Runs: 222
RBIs: 875
Runs: 853
Stolen Bases: 183

New York Mets (2004–present)

Career Highlights and Awards:
7× All-Star (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
2× World Baseball Classic Selection (2009, 2013)
2× Gold Glove Award (2007–2008)
2× Silver Slugger Award (2007–2008)
30–30 club (2007)

#5 – Joe Mauer

#7|1B|Minnesota Twins

Well played, Mauer.
Well played, Mauer.

Born : April 19, 1983
Birthplace: St. Paul, MN
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 230lbs.
Bats: Left. Throws: Right
MLB Debut: April 5, 2004

The Twins announced that catcher Joe Mauer will be moving to first base full time in 2014. Mauer holds the highest career batting average as a catcher (.328), highest single-season average by a catcher (.365 in 2009) and earned three batting titles. The move to first base was made to keep Mauer healthier for the rest of his career. He missed 39 games last season due to a concussion. A healthier Mauer will lead to more plate appearances, which leads to a chance at a high average and hopefully more power numbers.

Career Statistics: (Through 2013)
Batting Average: .323
Hits: 1,414
Home Runs: 105
RBIs: 634
On-Base Percentage: .405
Slugging Percentage: .468

Minnesota Twins (2004–present)

Career Highlights and Awards:
AL MVP (2009)
6× All-Star (2006, 2008–2010, 2012–2013)
3× AL Batting Champion (2006, 2008–2009)
3× Gold Glove Award (2008–2010)
5× Silver Slugger Award (2006, 2008–2010, 2013)
1× World Baseball Classic participant (2013)

Thanks for reading and come back tomorrow to see who made the cut for #4.



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