As I’ve grown up watching the Mets, one of the most consistent Mets of this generation is John Olerud.
He was as consistent as it gets. A career .315 average (best in Mets’ history), Olerud knew how to put a bat on the ball, rarely swung at pitches out of the strike zone and played a solid first base. To sum it up, he was a rock.
Olerud was focused on by many because he wore...
10. John Olerud
Despite spending just over four seasons with Seattle Mariners, Olerud became an instant fan-favorite with his friendly personality and even-keel mentality on the field. He hit over .300 twice for the M’s while taking home three gold gloves and appearing in the 2001 all-star game that featured eight Mariners.
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The trusty backstop gets on...
FOR ONE magical season, John Olerud was the Babe Ruth of college baseball. Minus the pot belly, the womanizing and all that beer drinking, of course. Twenty-five years ago, as a lanky sophomore at Washington State, Olerud duplicated the hitting and pitching heroics that Ruth accomplished early in his major league career before he became a full-time outfielder.
Hot News for 1B John Olerud
While watching John Olerud during his 17-year playing career (mostly with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, and Seattle Mariners), I always wondered why he had to wear a helmet in the field. I knew it was because he had a serious head injury that needed to be protected, but didn’t know exactly what.
Now, I know; on this date in 1989, the first baseman went under the knife...
BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER Pat Gillick, who coaxed John Olerud into leaving Washington State after his junior season, might keep another top baseball prospect from ever playing a game in a Cougars uniform.
The two-way player has been an important part of the success Florida has experienced in recent years. Brian Johnson and Austin Maddox were both named to the Watch List for the 2012 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award on Monday for what they have done on the mound and at the plate this season.
The Greatest Infield Ever, Ordonez, Ventura, Fonzi and Olerud
MLB Network’s show Prime 9, recently did a show ranking the top nine infields Major League Baseball history, the Mets were 7th on their list. While the show ranks the infields by all around stats and defense, it is clear that the 1999 Mets infield are the best defensive quartet in history. In 1999 the New York Mets infield...
Honestly, at a visceral level, I never would have thought this argument could be sensibly made. But today on the really fine MLB Dirt blog, Jonathan C. Mitchell posits a pretty convincing case (Historically Underrated: John Olerud) that ex-Jay John Olerud had a better, if not necessarily Hall-worthy career than feared slugger Jim Rice. Here's part of his conclusion:"This...
Washington State University baseball legend John G. Olerud was honored as part of the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame's class of 2011 at a ceremony, Tuesday inside the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.