John Olerud played in Major League Baseball as a first baseman from 1989 through 2005, most notably as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays team that won two consecutive World Series championships in 1992 and 1993.
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Two-time All-Star, John Olerud was a patient, productive hitter throughout his career, winning the American League batting title in 1993, and finishing as runner-up for the National League batting title in 1998.
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John Olerud was an excellent defensive first baseman, and won three Gold Glove Awards.
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The elder John Olerud played college baseball for the Washington State Cougars as a catcher and was the captain of the team which advanced to the semifinals of the College World Series in 1965.
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At Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington, east of Seattle, the junior John Olerud played varsity basketball, golf and baseball for three years.
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John Olerud was a consensus All-American as both a first baseman and pitcher and was named the Baseball America College Player of the Year.
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John Olerud was diagnosed with a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which caused bleeding into the spinal column.
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John Olerud told teams prior to the draft that a very large bonus would be necessary for him to forego his senior year at Washington State.
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John Olerud was hit by pitches 88 times and grounded into 232 double plays during his career.
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John Olerud is one of only 26 players to ever hit for the cycle multiple times in their careers.
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John Olerud is a two-time All-Star and a member of two World Series-winning teams with the Blue Jays.
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John Olerud jumped directly to the majors after a stellar career at Washington State, where he was a pitcher noted for his performance from 1987 to 1989.
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John Olerud was known for wearing a batting helmet in the field as a precaution, due to the aneurysm he suffered at age twenty.
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John Olerud was platooned by Jays' manager Cito Gaston for the first few years of his career, until 1992, when he became the team's full-time first baseman.
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Delgado was young, had a bright future and a low salary, while Gaston preferred Carter to John Olerud, feeling the latter wasn't aggressive enough at the plate.
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John Olerud set Mets records for most walks and times on base in a season that year.
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John Olerud was an important part of the Mariners' historic 2001 season in which they tied the record for most wins in a major league baseball season with 116.
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John Olerud had been recovering from surgery in November 2004 to repair torn ligaments in his left foot.
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In 2007, John Olerud was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
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In 2016, John Olerud was named Pac-12 Player of the Century when the conference released its All-Century Baseball team.
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John Olerud lives with his wife, Kelly, who was a high school classmate, and their children in the Seattle suburb of Clyde Hill.
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John Olerud is a cousin of retired MLB player Dale Sveum.
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John Olerud was named to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020.
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