AJ Reed Wins Golden Spikes Award

Kentucky Wildcats two-way star AJ Reed has been selected as the 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner, given annually to the top amateur player in the nation by USA Baseball, making Reed a unanimous pick as the national player of the year, it was announced on Thursday in Los Angeles during ESPN’s SportsCenter. Reed’s clean sweep of the 2014 national player of the year awards includes...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

UK Baseball Star AJ Reed Named SEC Male Athlete of the Year

Kentucky two-way star AJ Reed and Florida softball standout Hannah Rogers have been named 2013-14 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference Male and Female Athletes of the Year, in a voting by the league’s athletics directors, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced on Tuesday. “AJ and Hannah are true examples of outstanding student-athletes,” Slive said. “They have competed at...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

AJ Reed Honored as Nation’s Top Dual-Threat College Baseball Player

Kentucky Wildcats star AJ Reed has been named the winner of the 2014 John Olerud Award, given annually to the nation’s top two-way player, it was announced by the College Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon. Reed put together one of the finest seasons in the history of college baseball in 2014, winning the Dick Howser Trophy, Baseball America’s College Player of the Year...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Reed named All-American; Signs first MLB deal with Houston Astros

Kentucky Wildcats first-baseman/pitcher A.J. Reed has been named a first-team All-America as the utility player, it was announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Reed, a second-round pick of the 2014 MLB Draft (No. 42 overall) by the Houston Astros, also inked his first professional contract on Wednesday with the Astros. He will begin his professional career...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Memorable Vedder Cup Moments

We’re one week away from the beginning of 2014′s installment of the storied Vedder Cup. The Mariners currently hold a 47-43 edge in the all-time series, but the Padres can even things up with a season sweep. Not only have there been several players who’ve been on both sides of baseball’s most intense interleague series (as things are scheduled right now, Chris Young should...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Man Behind the Helmet: John Olerud

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...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Opening Sweep a Sign of Hope?

The Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees are far from strangers when watching former players strut out in the opposing uniform. Big time names featuring Randy Johnson, Rickey Henderson, John Olerud, Tino Martinez and Raul Ibanez have traded their jerseys for pinstripes or for the Seattle logo within the past couple of decades. This of course is not accounting for current players...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Welcome home, mate

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- You remember the 1993 World Series for Joe Carter's jump for joy after his clinching home run for Toronto in Game 6. Ryan Rowland-Smith remembers that Terry Mulholland started for Philadelphia, Ed Sprague played third base for Toronto and John Olerud held his hands just so in the left-handed batter's box. Diamondbacks left-hander Rowland-Smith became...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

All-Time Mets/Yankees Team

Spurred on by the announcement of Carlos Beltron in pinstripes, the NJ Star Ledger posted its all-time lineup of players who've played for both the Mets and the Yankees.  The only criteria to make the team was that players must have suited up for both clubs.  Here's who made the cut:Catcher: Yogi Berra (Yankees: 2,116 games; Mets: 4)First base: John Olerud (Yankees: 49...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

A Happy Ending To Another Year Of Decay

Much like the boys over at Faith and Fear, seeing Mike Piazza inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame reminds me of how long I've been blogging. It also reminds me that the man who was the driving force in bringing Piazza to New York was the same owner that was bought out by our residing genius, Fred Wilpon. "Doubleday credited Phillips with putting together a ...
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September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels Classic Rewind | Dateline: September 21st, 2002

By Joe Haakenson, Contributor -   SEPT. 21, 2002 GAME 155 - ANGELS AT MARINERS SEATTLE – While the Angels were playing the Seattle Mariners Saturday afternoon, the attendants in the visitors’ clubhouse prepared for a postgame celebration. A win by the Angels would clinch their first playoff appearance in 16 years. But after the Angels giftwrapped a victory...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Who are the best Mariners of all-time?

The best of the best With a new wave of young talent beginning to make their mark within the franchise, let’s have a look my list of the top dozen Seattle Mariners of all-time. 13- Kazuhiro Sasaki Ok, so I made it a baker’s dozen because I had trouble omitting one of these final players from the list. Kaz Sasaki came to the Mariners as a 32-year-old after playing 9 years in...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Memorable Mets Moments: Todd Zeile Goes Out With A Bang

Following the defection of John Olerud to the Seattle Mariners as a free agent following the 1999 season, the Mets found themselves casting about for a first baseman. To the surprise of many, Steve Phillips announced the signing of Todd Zeile to fill the position. Zeile had come to the majors as a catcher with the Cardinals and had subsequently been shifted to third where he had...
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May 26, 2013  |  Discuss

The Top Ten Seattle Mariners Of All Time

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. 9. Dan Wilson The trusty backstop gets on...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels Classic Rewind | Dateline: April 10th, 2002

By Joe Haakenson, Contributor - APRIL 10, 2002 GAME 8 - MARINERS AT ANGELS ANAHEIM -- If the Angels wanted to make a statement, they picked a bad time to come down with a case of laryngitis. With the defending American League West champion Seattle Mariners in town for a four-game series, the Angels figured it would be a good way to see how they stacked...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Coug Olerud traveled Babe Ruth path

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.
March 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Brian Cashman's Top 10 Yankees options for first base

1. Derrick Lee2. Chipper Jones3. Tino Martinez4. Jorge Posada5. Kevin Maas6. Chris Chambliss7. Don Mattingly (if we can trade a few prospects to the Dodgers to get him, of course)8. John Olerud9. Richie Sexson10. Cecil Fielder
March 12, 2013  |  Discuss

WSU picks 1st baseballer to have number retired

Hot News for 1B John Olerud
March 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 10 takeaways from Mark Teixeira's injury

Owie Owie Owie 10) He's going to miss April, which given his historical stats from the month, could be a net gain 9) Teix was hurt swinging a bat, which might not be the best sign going forward 8) Between this, the Curtis Granderson injury and the A-Rod issues, GM Brian Cashman's parachuting problem is starting to make more sense 7) I'm bummed out by this, because...
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March 07, 2013  |  Discuss

This Date in MLB History: John Olerud Undergoes Brain Surgery

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...
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February 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Don’t Believe The Hype: The King Needs To Stay

Towards the end of the 2005 season, the Seattle Mariners had very little to be hopeful about. Despite much success around the turn of the century, it was clear that their run was ending. Names like Edgar Martinez, John Olerud, Kaz Sasaki, and Brett Boone were no longer on the club. Enter the King. With a couple months left to go in the season, the Mariners debuted a 19-year...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

It’s A Numbers Game…

Baseball is a game of numbers. Not just RBI and ERA, or wins and losses, but numbers related to players and uniforms. In fact, there are Mets uniform numbers that everyone knows by heart. But did you know who had that number before or after your favorite Met? My first favorite player was Cleon Jones, who just turned 70 over the weekend. Cleon wore number 21 and after he retired...
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August 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Chasing Mets History: Daniel Murphy

At first glance, one look at the title of this piece might elicit a sarcastic chuckle or a roll of the eyes.  After all, what could Daniel Murphy possibly do to make Mets history?  Well, it’s not just what he’s already done that’s historical in the Mets universe.  It’s also what he’s poised to do. Through the Mets’ first 108 games, Daniel Murphy is batting .307....
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August 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Gillick may cost Cougs another top player

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.
June 05, 2012  |  Discuss

David Wright the single season record breaker?

David Wright is currently enjoying one of the best offensive seasons any Mets player has had in a long time. At this pace he could challenge to break a few single season records. Let’s take a closer look at where Wright stands in his chase of these team records. Batting Average: Record Holder: John Olerud – .354 Record Chaser: David Wright – .408 On-Base Percentage: Record...
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May 26, 2012  |  Discuss
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