12.06.05

Olerud Retires

Posted in Baseball at 10:16 pm by

In a bit of news that just had to come down on the same day Rickey Henderson called it quits, 3 time Gold Glove winner 1B John Olerud has announced his retirement after 16 years with the Blue Jays, Mets, Mariners, Red Sox and Yankees.

Olerud, who won his only batting title with a .363 average for Toronto in 1993, was a career .295 hitter who made the AL All-Star team in ’93 and 2001.

Batting helmet in the field aside, it’s hard to think of a player who did less to call attention to himself. Olerud brought a steely presence to every club he played for, even as his skills declined. One of the best fielding first baseman of his generation, Olerud was blessed with a smooth, seemingly effortless swing that belied his occassional pop (255 career home runs). His stoic professionalism will be missed.

3 Responses to “Olerud Retires”

  1. CSTB says:

    can’t argue with that. Olerud had a nice career, but I wasn’t trying to suggest his achievments were comparble to those of Henderson.

  2. Xa says:

    Thanks, CSTB!

    Very nice choice, by the way, on the Upper Deck rookie card. I’ve got that in a glass case. I’ve devoted my life to collecting John Olerud memorabilia. So far I have a three inch button and a TV Guide from ’93, except I think I threw out the TV Guide. Whoops.

    This is an open call for any Olerud related fresh gear, and I understand that the demand for this kind of thing has gone through the roof now that C3P-Olerud has gently placed down his batting helmet forever.

  3. High Cheese says:

    Yeah, I guess I should follow the links around here before I comment. Sorry.