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Report: Mets contacted dating website to promote David Wright's All-Star candidacy

06/14/2013 3:45 PM ET
By Michael Tanowitz

David Wright was voted "MLB's Hottest Cub" on the website CougarLife.com.(AP)
Athletes in the past have put together some uniquely memorable attempts to win All-Star votes – most notably are the homemade videos from NBA stars Rudy Gay and Chris Bosh – but the New York Mets nearly took campaigning to a new level.

On Thursday, the team acknowledged an unorthodox near-partnership that was first reported by Deadspin: that they had approached the dating website Cougar Life about taking out ads to promote third baseman David Wright’s 2013 All-Star candidacy.

The Mets will host the All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16, and in a team statement released Thursday, it was intimated that they would do anything possible to have their 30-year-old third baseman be part of the National League’s starting lineup.

“In our effort to expand All-Star balloting to wider audiences, so as to increase votes, we did reach out to Cougar Life,” the Mets said in the statement. “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.”

The statement went on to say that the team ultimately decided to pass on a partnership, but they “thank whoever leaked this to Deadspin for increasing awareness of #VOTEWRIGHTNOW AT Mets.com."

Wright was recently voted by users of cougarlife.com as “MLB’s Hottest Cub,” amassing more than 11,000 votes in that competition. However, according to the Deadspin article, team executives squashed the potential partnership, explaining that neither the recently-engaged Wright nor the team thought the arrangement would be good for their image.

As of the last voting update, Wright is second in votes among NL third basemen behind San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval, who is currently on the disabled list with a foot injury – a status that may end up being all the help Wright needs.

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