Mets re-consider targeting cougars for David Wright All-Star Game votes

David Wright takes the field for a game David Wright takes the field for a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. (June 13, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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David Wright already had won the hearts of CougarLife.com when the older women/younger men dating web site named him its "hottest cub" among major leaguers who fit the demographic.

As for the members' All-Star votes, Wright will have to earn those from CougarLife without the help of the Mets, who chose to end a team employee's attempt to set up a partnership of sorts with the dating site.

As first reported by Deadspin, the Mets reached out to CougarLife.com in an effort to capitalize on Wright's "hottest cub" status. (Robinson Cano was fifth, if you're wondering.) But after exchanging e-mails, and a request by CougarLife to have a "Win a Date" with Wright contest if the third baseman's engagement to model Molly Beers falls through, one of the team's higher-ups pulled the plug.

Wright trailed the Giants' Pablo Sandoval by roughly 200,000 votes in the latest balloting for the All-Star Game, which will be held July 16 at Citi Field.

During Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Cardinals, a Mets spokesman issued a statement in response to the Deadspin report.

"In our effort to expand All-Star balloting to wider audiences, so as to increase votes, we did reach out to Cougar Life," the statement said. "Last year there was a big swing of votes at the end that cost David the starting job. We decided to do everything to make sure that doesn't happen again this year. We ultimately elected to pass."

Wright, who had three hits Thursday, handled the bizarre episode as well as could be expected. When a reporter asked him how it felt to be named "hottest cub," Wright tried not to laugh.

"Are you serious?" Wright said, smiling. "I guess it's a nice honor. Did you guys have to draw straws for who asks the question?"

He then followed it up by adding, "I guess I'd like to thank my parents for the genes."

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