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Encyclopedia > John Olerud
John Olerud
First Baseman
Born: August 5, 1968 (1968-08-05) (age 39)
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 3, 1989
for the Toronto Blue Jays
Final game
October 2, 2005
for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average     .295
Home runs     255
Runs batted in     1230
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 2-time American League All-Star
  • 3-time Gold Glove winner
  • American League Batting Champion: 1993

John Garrett Olerud (nicknamed Big Rude and Johnny O (born August 5, 1968 in Seattle, Washington) is a retired American first baseman in Major League Baseball. Olerud played with the Toronto Blue Jays (1989-96), New York Mets (1997-99), Seattle Mariners (2000-2004), New York Yankees (2004) and Boston Red Sox (2005). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1000x870, 352 KB) Summary John Olerud at bat, September 20, 2005. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... 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Known for having one of the smoothest swings in the game, Olerud was an excellent line drive hitter to all parts of the field. He had one of the best batting eyes in baseball, usually drawing 90-100 walks a season. Despite being one of the slowest players in MLB, Olerud was also a very intelligent base runner. A three-time Gold Glove winner, he was an excellent defensive first baseman and part of Sports Illustrated's "Greatest Infield Ever"[1] with Edgardo Alfonzo, Rey Ordóñez, and Robin Ventura. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Intentional base on balls. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... Edgardo Antonio Alfonzo (born November 8, 1973 in Miranda State, Venezuela) is an Major League Baseball infielder in the New York Mets organization. ... Reynaldo Ordóñez Pereira (born November 11, 1971 in Havana, Cuba) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who played for the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Chicago Cubs. ... Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Chicago White Sox. ...

Contents

Career

Washington State University
1987
Batting: .414, 5 HR, 20 RBIs
Pitching: 8-2, 3.00 ERA
Honors: Freshman All-American


1988
Batting: .464, 23 HR, 81 RBIs, 108 hits, 204 total bases, .876 Slugging percentage
Pitching: 15-0, 113 Ks, 2.49 ERA
Honors: Consensus All-American as both 1B and Pitcher, Baseball America College Player of the Year


1989 (While recovering from brain aneurysm)
Batting: .359, 5 HR, 30 RBI, in 78 plate appearances
Pitching: 3-2, 6.68 ERA
Honors: Pac-10 North All-League DH


Professional
In a 17-season career through 2005 spanning 2,234 games, Olerud posted a .398 on-base percentage, 500 doubles, 255 home runs, 1,275 walks, 1,408 runs created, 3,602 times on base, 96 sacrifice flies and 157 intentional walks. He was also hit by a pitch 88 times and grounded into 232 double plays during his career. In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ...


Well known for beginning his professional career in the Majors and not having played a game in the minor leagues until his late thirties, Olerud jumped directly to the majors after a stellar career at Washington State University where he was a pitcher noted for his performance from 1987 to 1989. He was known for wearing a batting helmet in the field as a precaution since he suffered a brain aneurysm while playing in college. For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ... Washington State University (WSU) is a major public research university in Pullman, Washington. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A batting helmet is the protective headgear worn by batters in a game of baseball or softball. ... Post surgical photo of brain aneurysm survivor. ...


Olerud broke into MLB with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989. He was platooned by Jays' manager Cito Gaston for the first few years of his career, until his breakout season in 1993, when he led the American League in batting average (.363), Runs created (156), Intentional Walks (33), times on base (321), on-base percentage (.473), OPS (1.072), and doubles (54, also a career high), while posting career highs in home runs (24), RBI (107), runs (109), and hits (200). See also: 1988 in sports, other events of 1989, 1990 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Darrell Waltrip won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rusty Wallace CART Racing - season championship won by Emerson Fittipaldi Indianapolis 500 - Emerson Fittipaldi Formula One Championship - Alain... New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005). ... Cito Gaston following the Toronto Blue Jays Game 6 victory in the 1992 World Series. ... See also: 1992 in sports, other events of 1993, 1994 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics February 11 - Irina Privalova sets a new womens 60m indoors world record August 13 - August 22 - World Championships held in Stuttgart Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In baseball statistics, the term times on base, also abbreviated as TOB, is the cumulative total number of times a batter has been awarded for reaching base as a result of hits, walks and hit by pitches. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, on-base plus slugging (denoted by OPS) incorporates on base percentage (OBP) and slugging percentage (SLG). ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... Bengie Molina of the Anaheim Angels (in gray and red) scores a run by touching home plate after rounding all the bases. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ...


A two-time All-Star, Olerud was a member of two World Series champion teams with the Blue Jays (1992-93). He could not duplicate his success in the next three years which some Blue Jay fans believe is because of Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston tried to turn him into a power hitter, and was traded to the New York Mets in December 1996. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Dates October 17, 1992–October 24, 1992 MVP Pat Borders (Toronto) Television network CBS & Simulcast in Canada on CTV Announcers Sean McDonough, Tim McCarver Umpires Jerry Crawford (NL), Mike Reilly (AL), Joe West (NL), John Shulock (AL), Bob Davidson (NL), Dan Morrison (AL) The 1992 World Series was the first... Dates October 16, 1993–October 23, 1993 MVP Paul Molitor (Toronto) Television network CBS & Simulcast in Canada on CTV Announcers Sean McDonough, Tim McCarver Umpires Dave Phillips (AL), Paul Runge (NL), Tim McClelland (AL), Charlie Williams (NL), Mark Johnson (AL), Dana DeMuth (NL) The 1993 World Series was the second... Cito Gaston following the Toronto Blue Jays Game 6 victory in the 1992 World Series. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league...


With the Mets, Olerud set team single season records for batting average (.354), on-base percentage (.447) and runs created (138) in 1998 and set their team records for most walks (125) and times on base (309) in a season in 1999. Also during his 1999 campaign, Olerud appeared on the cover of the September 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, along with fellow Mets infielders Edgardo Alfonzo, Rey Ordóñez, and Robin Ventura. The magazine raised the debate as to whether the four talented defensive players comprised the best infield in Major League history. is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Edgardo Antonio Alfonzo (born November 8, 1973 in Miranda State, Venezuela) is an Major League Baseball infielder in the New York Mets organization. ... Reynaldo Ordóñez Pereira (born November 11, 1971 in Havana, Cuba) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who played for the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Chicago Cubs. ... Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Chicago White Sox. ...


Following the 1999 season, Olerud decided to sign with the Seattle Mariners to be near his family. He was an important part of the Mariners' 116-46 2001 season with a .401 on-base percentage, 94 walks, 272 times on base and 19 intentional walks in 159 games. In 2000 he amassed 45 doubles, 102 walks, 10 sacrifice flies and 11 intentional walks. He recorded a .398 on-base percentage, 39 doubles, 98 walks, 269 times on base and led the American League in sacrifice flies (12). In 2003 he amassed another 84 walks. Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2000 throughout the world. ...


After being released by the Mariners in the middle of the 2004 season, Olerud was signed by the New York Yankees to fill a void left at first base left by the injured Jason Giambi. Later that year the Yankees visited Seattle to play the Mariners. Olerud started the second game, his first time up Mariner catcher Dan Wilson went out to the mound to have a "conference" with pitcher Jamie Moyer. This gave time for about a minute long standing ovation for Olerud from the Seattle fans. His final game with the Yankees was Game 3 of the AL championship series when he was forced to leave due to an injured foot. Olerud was due to pinch hit in game seven of the AL championship series, but the last out was made while he was in the on deck circle. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Jason Gilbert Giambi (born January 8, 1971) is a Major League Baseball Player and designated hitter for the New York Yankees. ... Dan Wilson may refer to: Dan Wilson (musician), former frontman for the band Semisonic Dan Wilson (musician/radio show host), from Hertfordshire, England (also works under the names Meadow House and Ashfordaisyak) Dan Wilson (baseball player) (born 1969), Major League Baseball Catcher (1992-2005). ... Jamie Moyer (born November 18, 1962 in Sellersville, Pennsylvania) is a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball, playing for the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS), played in October, is a playoff round that determines the winner of the American League pennant. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS), played in October, is a playoff round that determines the winner of the American League pennant. ...


On May 1, 2005, the Boston Red Sox and Olerud agreed to terms on a minor league contract. He had been recovering from surgery in November 2004 to repair torn ligaments in his left foot. Initially, Olerud reported to the club's spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. He was added to Boston 25-man roster on May 27, sharing time at first base with Kevin Millar and batting in the middle of the lineup (included several starts in the clean-up spot). is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... A ligament is a short band of tough fibrous connective tissue composed mainly of long, stringy collagen molecules. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... Fort Myers is the county seatGR6 and commercial center of Lee County, Florida. ... Kevin Charles Millar (Born:September 24, 1971, in Los Angeles, California) is a professional designated hitter/first baseman who plays for the Baltimore Orioles and was a member of the 2004 World Series champions Boston Red Sox. ...


On December 6, 2005 Olerud announced his retirement from baseball. At the time of his retirement, his 2,239 career hits represented the 143rd-highest total in Major League Baseball history. His career .398 OBP ranks 65th all-time, and his 500 doubles are good for 44th all-time. December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ...


Highlights

  • 2-time All-Star (1993, 2001)
  • 3-time AL Gold Glove Award at First Base (2000, 2002-03)
  • Hutch Award (1993)
  • Finished 3rd in voting for AL MVP (1993)
  • Finished 12th in voting for NL MVP (1998)
  • Twice led AL in Sacrifice Flies (10 in 1991 and 12 in 2002)
  • Led American League in Batting Average (.363 in 1993)
  • Led American League in On-base percentage (.473 in 1993)
  • Led AL in OPS (1.072 in 1993)
  • Led NL in Games (162 in 1999)
  • Led AL in Doubles (54 in 1993)
  • Led AL in Runs Created (156 in 1993)
  • Led AL in Times on Base (321 in 1993)
  • Led AL in Intentional Walks (33 in 1993)
  • Toronto Blue Jays Career On-base percentage (.395) Leader
  • Holds Toronto Blue Jays Single Season Record for Batting Average (.363 in 1993), On-base percentage (.473 in 1993) and Intentional Walks (33 in 1993)
  • New York Mets Career Batting Average (.315), On-base percentage (.425) and OPS (.926) Leader
  • Holds New York Mets Single Season Records for Batting Average (.354 in 1998), On-base percentage (.447 in 1998), Walks (125 in 1999), Runs Created (138 in 1998), Times on Base (309 in 1999) and shares record for being Hit by Pitch (13 in 1997)
  • Tied for 64th on MLB All-Time On-base percentage List (.398)
  • Tied for 44th on MLB All-Time Doubles List (500)
  • Ranks 40th on MLB All-Time Walks List (1,275)
  • Ranks 91st on MLB All-Time Runs Created List (1,408)
  • Ranks 74th on MLB All-Time Times on Base List (3,602)
  • Tied for 98th on MLB All-Time Hit by Pitch List (88)
  • Tied for 35th on MLB All-Time Sacrifice Fly List (96)
  • Ranks 34th on MLB All-Time Intentional Walks List (157)
  • Tied for 36th on MLB All-Time Grounded into Double Plays List (232)
  • Twice hit for the cycle (1997, 2001) and is only one of two players who have hit for it in both the American League and the National League.
  • Hit 2 home runs in a game 17 times.
  • In 14-postseason Series, he has 35 Runs, 10 Doubles, 9 Home Runs, 34 RBI, 31 Walks, .278 Batting Average, .366 On-base percentage, .435 Slugging Percentage, 1 Stolen Base and 2 Sacrifice Flies

The Hutch Award is a Major League Baseball award given to an active player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire to win. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Eric Davis hit for the cycle in 1989 In baseball, a player hits for the cycle when he hits a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same game, though not necessarily in that order. ...

References

  1. ^ Sports Illustrated, Sept. 13, 1999

See also

A number of baseball players are distinguished by the fact that they made their professional debut in the majors without having played a single game at the minor league level. ... This is a list of the top 500 Major League Baseball home run hitters. ... Below is the list of 247 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 2,000 hit milestone. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in doubles. ... Below is the list of 295 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 Runs milestone. ... Below is the list of 252 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 RBI milestone. ... Eric Davis hit for the cycle in 1989 In baseball, a player hits for the cycle when he hits a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same game, though not necessarily in that order. ... The batting championship is awarded to the Major League Baseball player in each the American League and National League who has the highest batting average in a particular season. ...

External links

  • ESPN - Profile and daily updates
  • Baseball Library - Article and career chronology
  • Baseball Reference - Career statistics and analysis
  • The Boston Globe - Olerud a pro with no cons
  • John Olerud at the Internet Movie Database
Preceded by
Frank Thomas
American League Player of the Month
April 1993
Succeeded by
Paul Molitor
Preceded by
Paul Molitor
American League Player of the Month
June 1993
Succeeded by
Rafael Palmeiro
Preceded by
Edgar Martinez
American League Batting Champion
1993
Succeeded by
Paul O'Neill

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