Earlier this week, Mets owner Fred Wilpon referred to David Wright as “our Jeter.” Some may be taken aback by that statement, but it make sense when considering what each player has brought to their respective franchises. Both are the “faces” of their franchise, have spent their entire careers with their team (and will probably end them there as well), have been referred to as their team’s captain, and have contributed to their club extensively both on and off the field.
That’s all well and good, and admirable in this day and age of high-priced free agents, but how do these two players actually compare with regard to on-field production? Both Wright and Derek Jeter made their major league debuts at the age of 21. At 30 years old, Wright is eight years younger than Jeter and has spent nine years in the majors. The table below is a comparison of some traditional statistics for their age 21 to 29 seasons: