No. 9 David Wright, New York Mets
Last season was a train wreck for the New York Mets. After collapsing down the stretch the previous two seasons, the Mets totally pancaked under the weight of bodies thrown on the disabled list.
The team has returned to contender status in 2010, led by third baseman David Wright.
Struggling to adjust to the expansive dimensions of new Citi Field and suffering a serious beaning late in the season, Wright's drop off in production coincided with the team's diminished success. His .307 batting average mirrored his career number, but the drop in HR's and RBI's were dramatic.
This season, Wright is on a pace that matches up to the 30 HR and 110 RBI campaigns to which he was accustomed. Although his supporting cast is improved over the injury depleted cast of a year ago, the Mets large leap in winning percentage and Wright's resurgence are not coincidental.
The two-time Gold Glove winner is also the type of team leader that is capable of keeping his teammates grounded. The classy, articulate third baseman serves as a role model on and off the field.