Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 7/26/13
During the past week, I had the opportunity to interview long time MLB OF/1B Al Oliver. Al was a very consistent player over the course of his 18 seasons, hitting .303 for his career, with 2743 hits, 529 2Bs, 219 HRs and 1326 RBIs. He has part of the 1971 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates team as well as NL East Champion Pirates teams in 1970, 1972, 1974 and 1975. He also played in the 1985 ALCS with the Toronto Blue Jays. While those numbers were solid, they may not merit entry into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Though Oliver was never considered a big time power hitter, he was a constant during the Pirates run of NL East titles in the early to mid 1970s. Originally a first baseman, he was moved to center field, where played between Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell. After Clemente’s tragic passing on New Year’s Eve of 1972/1973, Dave Parker became a solid run producer and one of the top right fielders in the game. His numbers were consistent, if not dominant during that ...
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