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Olerud retires (yesterday)

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I failed to mention John Olerud's retirement yesterday, so I'll do it now. He was another good player/good guy. Career .295/.398/.465 hitter with 255 homers, 1275 walks, 500 doubles. Real good hitter in the Will Clark/Steve Garvey/Keith Hernandez mold. Won three Gold Gloves. And he was easily the best hitter in baseball in 1993, leading the league in average (.363), OBP (.473), OPS (1.072), doubles (54), adjusted OPS+ (185), runs created (156), times on base (321), and intentional walks (33). He finished third in the MVP voting that year behind Frank Thomas and his teammate Paul Molitor. Thomas swept all 28 first-place votes, which is weird because Olerud had a lot of press that year trying to chase .400.

Olerud peaked early (he was 24 in '93) but didn't really slow down until 34. The man could hit, and like so many players in baseball history (such as Eric Davis, actually), he's the type of guy that won't be in the record books in a prominent position and will be forgotten with time. He's an era player, a player only really remembered by those that were watching during his career.

It wouldn't surprise me to someday see Olerud in a broadcast booth or as a manager or even a GM.