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July 12, 1993 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A natural? Well, there has always been a touch of Roy Hobbs to the John Olerud swing. He first attracted attention as a 3-year-old, wielding a plastic bat at a plastic ball. His father, a Seattle dermatologist and former Washington State All-American who spent seven seasons as a minor league catcher before realizing there were more profitable ways to support a growing family, recalled how people would stop and watch those early batting practices on the beach.
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October 16, 2004 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
As far as rainstorms go, Noah had less warning than the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees did. And still, a father pulled his son through the crowds leaving Fenway Park on Friday, a few strides ahead of Yankee first baseman John Olerud, consoling the saddened boy, telling him that there would surely be other games.
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May 24, 1990 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The pressure suddenly thrust upon a 21-year-old making the jump from college baseball to the major leagues can be formidable, but John Olerud, Toronto Blue Jays rookie, seems unfazed by it all. When you've sat in an operating room wondering if you'll survive surgery to remove a brain aneurysm, contemplating whether you'll live to see another fastball down the heart of the plate, what's a little transition from All-American to the American League?
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August 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Recently released John Olerud signed with the New York Yankees on Tuesday, giving the team insurance at first base while Jason Giambi is treated for a benign tumor. Olerud, a three-time Gold Glove winner, was the 1993 American League batting champion. But he started slumping in the second half last season with Seattle, and the Mariners cut him last month when his slide continued. "I've definitely struggled, but I believe I can turn it around," Olerud said. "I don't feel like I'm that far off.
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February 26, 1989
John Olerud, All-American pitcher-first baseman for Washington State, has a blood clot at the base of his brain and will have surgery this week, his father said. Olerud will not play baseball for the Cougars this spring.
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February 10, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
First baseman John Olerud and pitcher David Wells reached one-year contracts with the Toronto Blue Jays. Wells agreed to $2.05 million, a cut of $13,000; and Olerud agreed to $1,487,500, more than triple his salary last season.
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October 16, 1992 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Gaston will probably announce today how he will reconfigure his lineup without a designated hitter in the first two games. Dave Winfield hit .300 in the playoffs and .290 with 26 home runs and 108 runs batted in during the season, and Gaston might put him in right field and move Joe Carter to first, benching John Olerud. The drawbacks: Winfield played only 26 games in right field this season, and Carter played first only four times.
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July 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
First baseman John Olerud, a former American League batting champion, was released Friday by the Seattle Mariners. Olerud was batting .245 with five homers and 22 runs batted in in 77 games when he was designated for assignment last week. He was in the last year of his contract, earning $7.7 million this season. Olerud, 35, hit a league-leading .363 with Toronto in 1993, when the Blue Jays won the World Series. The Mariners tried to trade Olerud but couldn't work out a deal.
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July 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
John Olerud believes he has as much bat speed now as he did when he batted .363 as the American League batting champion with Toronto in 1993. Olerud hit two two-run homers and left-hander John Halama won his first start since May 17, and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Minnesota Twins, 8-2, Sunday at Seattle. "I'd like to think so," said Olerud, who left the New York Mets to join the Mariners as a free agent in 2000. "I'm always tinkering with my swing to get the ideal path to the ball.
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July 29, 2001 | JANIE McCAULEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
John Olerud strolled into the clubhouse wearing sunglasses with orange lenses and flames on each side--not his usual look. "He was like a Harley driver," recalls Tom Lampkin, the Mariners' backup catcher. "I was like, 'Ole, those aren't you.' " The 32-year-old Seattle first baseman, known more for his conservative style and low-key demeanor, isn't the flashy kind.
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June 17, 2001 | From Associated Press
John Olerud hit for the cycle, completing the feat with a dramatic two-run, 464-foot home run in the ninth inning, as the Seattle Mariners defeated the San Diego Padres, 9-2, Saturday night at San Diego. Olerud also hit for the cycle on Sept. 17, 1997, while with the New York Mets, against Montreal. It was the third cycle by the Mariners, the first since Alex Rodriguez did it June 5, 1997, at Detroit.
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July 21, 1996 | Ross Newhan
John Olerud is alive, well and still in Toronto with a roof over his head. He did not expire when his 1993 pursuit of .400 did. It only seems that way. Go figure. The '93 American League batting champion is now a platoon first baseman with the Blue Jays. The placid personality and demeanor hasn't changed, but he has had trouble sustaining that once-sweet swing, finding the '93 groove again. Can he? Will he ever duplicate a season in which he hit .
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May 10, 1996 | From Associated Press
A lot of zeros were erased when John Olerud doubled home two runs in the sixth inning for Toronto on Thursday night in Arlington, Texas. It broke open a scoreless game. It ended Ken Hill's shutout string at 19 innings. It started the Blue Jays toward a 5-2 victory that dealt the Rangers their first loss to an AL East team at home after 11 victories. Olerud had singled in the second inning to break Hill's streak of consecutive batters retired at 31. "I'm not concerned about records," Hill said.
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August 27, 1989
John Olerud, a Washington State baseball star, signed a multi-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday and will forgo his last year of college. Olerud, a 6-foot-4 left-handed pitcher-first baseman, will be eligible to be put on the Toronto roster Sept. 1. "They offered a great deal," said Olerud, who suffered a brain aneurysm in January and underwent surgery.
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August 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Recently released John Olerud signed with the New York Yankees on Tuesday, giving the team insurance at first base while Jason Giambi is treated for a benign tumor. Olerud, a three-time Gold Glove winner, was the 1993 American League batting champion. But he started slumping in the second half last season with Seattle, and the Mariners cut him last month when his slide continued. "I've definitely struggled, but I believe I can turn it around," Olerud said. "I don't feel like I'm that far off.
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July 12, 1993 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A natural? Well, there has always been a touch of Roy Hobbs to the John Olerud swing. He first attracted attention as a 3-year-old, wielding a plastic bat at a plastic ball. His father, a Seattle dermatologist and former Washington State All-American who spent seven seasons as a minor league catcher before realizing there were more profitable ways to support a growing family, recalled how people would stop and watch those early batting practices on the beach.
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June 24, 1993 | From Associated Press
John Olerud was hitless in four at-bats against the New York Yankees Wednesday night at Toronto, ending his hitting streak at 26 games in the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays. With runners on first and third in the eighth, Steve Howe got Olerud to hit into an inning-ending double play. Olerud's batting average dropped to .404. "I really enjoyed it," Olerud said of his streak. "It's not the first oh-fer I've had and it won't be the last.
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