New York Mets All-Time Lists

New York Mets: 30 greatest players in franchise history

NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Fans outside the stadium prior to the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Fans outside the stadium prior to the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) /
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Jon Olerud, New York Mets
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John Olerud

. 1B. 1997-1999. John Olerud. 18. 3

Man, if only John Olerud had a few more bullies growing up, maybe he wouldn’t have returned home to Washington after his three years with the Mets? It looked like the Mets had finally found someone they could depend on at first base. Sadly, it ended way too early.

The Mets were able to snag Olerud in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays for, of all people, Robert Person. It’s easily one of the best trades the team ever made. Olerud played nearly every day for the Mets during his tenure in Queens. And when he played, he was terrific.

The final tally of numbers Olerud posted include a .315/.425/.501 batting line, 63 home runs and 291 RBI. Olerud walked 306 times in those three seasons and only struck out 206 times. It gets me all giddy inside to see numbers like these.

An equally impressive season in 1999 helped give him a few other single-season Mets records. Included in those are the 125 walks and 309 total times on base.

Olerud owns the franchise’s career record for batting average (.315), OBP (.425), and OBPS (.926). In fact, he’s the only man in franchise history who qualifies with a lifetime batting average over .300 and OBP topping .400.

I can’t rate him higher only because the sample size was a little too light. Still, he’s an all-time Mets player through and through.

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