John Olerud

John OlerudJohn Olerud was an integral part of the Toronto Blue Jays when they won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. The #3 hitter on that team, Olerud won the batting title in ’93 with a .363 mark, and he also led the AL with 54 doubles and an amazing .473 OBP that year as well. In 17 seasons he hit .295, was a two-time All-Star and won three Gold Gloves for his fielding at first base.

A pitcher in college, Olerud switched to the infield in the minor leagues. He wore a batting helmet while playing the field because he had an aneurysm as a teenager.

In 1993, Olerud was hitting an even .400 on August 2 with a .500 on-base percentage and a .685 slugging percentage. He was the first player to be hitting over .400 as late as August since George Brett in 1980. From that point until the end of the season Olerud cooled, hitting .290 with a .430 slugging percentage. He finished at .363, winning the batting title.

Most times reached base in a season, Toronto Blue Jays
Carlos Delgado … 334 (2000)
John Olerud … 321 (1993)
Carlos Delgado … 300 (2003)
Jose Bautista … 293 (2011)
Paul Molitor … 291 (1993)
Carlos Delgado … 287 (2001)