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December 26, 2010

Cooperstown 2011: John Olerud

First Year on Ballot

PLAYING CAREER: Toronto Blue Jays (1989–1996), New York Mets (1997–1999), Seattle Mariners (2000–2004), New York Yankees (2004) and Boston Red Sox (2005)

ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .295, with 2239 hits, 255 home runs and 1230 RBI.  Hit .300 or better four times and is one of only 26 players to ever hit for the cycle multiple times in their careers.  Two-time World Series champion (1992 and 1993).  Three-time Gold Glove Award winner (2000, 2002 and 2003) and two-time All-Star selection (1993 and 2001). 


@WReedDarden:  someone asked me who my favorite baseball player of all time was, i answered quickly: JOHN OLERUD

HOVG THOUGHTS:  The College Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time World Champion isn’t going to get much love from Cooperstown. While his .295 career average and 2239 hits is impressive…he was WAY overshadowed by other great first basemen throughout his career. Here’s a fun fact…Olerud is one of only two players to hit for the cycle in both leagues. Can you name the other?

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