John Olerud for the Level of Excellence

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TORONTO - OCTOBER 21: First Baseman John Olerud #9 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during Game Four of the 1992 World Series against the Atlanta Braves at the Skydome on October 21, 1992 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays won 2-1. (Photo by MLB via Getty Images)

The Level of Excellence immortalizes the greats of Blue Jays baseball. Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Cito Gaston, Roy Halladay, Tony Fernandez and Carlos Delgado are forever featured on the 500th level of Rogers Centre. With baseball at a halt, it’s time to take a look at adding one more name. John Olerud for the Level of Excellence.

Career with the Blue Jays

John Olerud played 8 years for the Blue Jays. Standing 6’5″ and swinging left handed, Olerud held a slash-line of .293-.395-.471 in his 8 years with the Blue Jays. In 1990, Olerud won Rookie of the Year in the American League. In 1993, Olerud won the AL MVP and an All-Star.

During the 1992 postseason, Olerud hit .348-.400-.565 in the ALCS and .308-.308-.308 in the World Series. Next year, Olerud hit .348-464-.391 in the ALCS and .235-.364-.471 in the World Series. His postseason career with the Jays, Olerud hit .284-.363.

Olerud hit only 2 home runs in the post season for the Blue Jays. One in 1992 against the Oakland Athletics and one in 1993 in the World Series against the Phillies.

Ranking in the Organization Offensively

Olerud is the team leader in on-base-percentage with .395. He has the second most intentional walks in Blue Jays history with 87. Olerud also is fourth in walks with 514. In total, Olerud is in the top ten in 19 offensive categories for the Blue Jays.

Of those 19 offensive categories, Olerud is in the top 5 in seven categories.

Defensive Factor

Olerud not only could do it with the bat, but also with the glove. In his 8 seasons with Toronto, he had 6,710 chances for an out. Of those, 6193 were put outs and 481 were assists. Olerud’s fielding percentage is a solid .995. His fielding only fell below league average when he was with the Blue Jays twice. Once in his rookie season and again in 1993 by .001.

Conclusion

Olerud is one of the more underrated Blue Jays of all time. After looking at his statistics and how he matches up with the legends, it is time to add his name on the Level of Excellence.


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