In 2,018 plate appearances spanning three seasons with the New York Mets, John Olerud did something no other player in franchise history did. He ended his time with the Mets batting .315. No other Mets player with 1500+ plate appearances has ever ended their time with the club hitting .300 or better.
LUBBOCK, Texas – A new year brings a new crop of the best two-way players in college baseball. The College Baseball Foundation announced its 10 semifinalists for the 2022 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, and the list is composed entirely of all-new players who were not on the semifinalist list a year ago.
Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners legend John Olerud is one of the most underrated players of the 1990s and part of it is because he was a victim of the steroid era, as many first basemen who seemed superior to Olerud were later accused and/or proven to take PEDs. Those include Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, and Jason Giambi.
Quick baseball trivia question: who is the only player to hold the single-season batting average record for two different teams? The answer: John Olerud. Olerud hit .363 for the Blue Jays in 1993, and .354 for the Mets in 1998. Though he is most known for wearing a helmet while playing the field, John Olerud was far more than that. Playing 17 seasons in the majors, Olerud was a key piece in the back-to-back championships of the Blue Jays, the consistently solid Mets of the late ’90s, and the 2001 Mariners, who hold the single-season wins record. Being a part of all of that success must mean Olerud got his due. However, Olerud’s name is rarely brought up with other stars of the ’90s.
Shohei Ohtani has taken Major League Baseball by storm in recent seasons, dazzling on the mound and at the plate while becoming a potent two-way player, a rarity in today’s MLB game. However, looking back, could John Olerud have been not only a potent hitter for the Toronto Blue Jays, but also a solid pitcher as well?
John Olerud and Duane Ward played alongside each other over the course of six seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. Now the duo will once again share a moment under the spotlight, going into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 18. Olerud and Ward were actually members of...
They don’t make first basemen like John Olerud anymore. In fact, they rarely ever did. In his three years with the New York Mets, Olerud slashed .315/.425/.501 with 63 home runs and 291 RBI. He wasn’t an overpowering slugger by any stretch. This was not the way Olerud ever operated.