Monday, July 19, 2004

Inside the numbers on Johnny O

There is not much I can add to Pete's wordy yet elegant obituary toward John Olerud, yet here are some numbers just the same:  (this information is unofficial and it's a little late for me to be doing math in my head)
1)  9th on the all time Mariners hit list with 705.
2)  238 extra base hits puts him 10th on the Mariners all time list.
3)  John was the last Mariner to hit for the cycle, doing it on 6/16/2001.
4)  The triple on the night of the cycle was just one of two he hit as a Mariner.
5)  The home run that he hit to complete the cycle was just the second ball ever to reach the right field second deck at Qualcomm stadium.
6)  164 doubles puts him 8th on the all time Mariners list.
7)  5th all time in walks with 418.
8)  Tied for 10th with Mike Cameron in runs scored at 353.
9)  The Mariners never committed more that 100 errors in a season while he was a Mariner.  A feat they only accomplished once before in their history in a non-strike year season.  It's hard to say how much he had to do with that if anything.  ( Although the New York Mets swear that their infield errors went up significantly the year after he left.)
10) 10th on the Mariner all-time list in total bases with 1093.
Olerud is only 35 years old.  I think it is  likely we will see him in the playoffs this year and it's not inconceivable that he will see this as a kick in the butt to work his ass off in the off-season and come to spring training in shape to win a starting 1B job somewhere.  San Francisco or Anaheim perhaps?  At least I hope that happens.


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