Server Stuff & John Olerud

Hey all. We’ve been down for a spell due to our database getting hacked, as well as getting hammered by web bots from far off places like the Philippines.


Slowly but surely we’re slowing down the mechanical invasion. In the meantime MopUpDuty (and the Jays) are gearing up for the end of the season.

When, mercifully, the campaign is over we’ll take a look at what went right, and what went wrong. For now:

John Olerud Tidbits

The card of dreams:

1990 Upper Deck, a great ‘pull’ for a Jays fan.

Now less than $2 on Ebay. However, that’s more of an indictment of the baseball card industries practises as opposed to Olerud’s skill level.

  • Olerud made over $68 million, and produced 58 WAR according to Baseball Reference.
  • John’s minor league debut: 2005, in his final MLB season at the age of 36
  • Broke out in 1993, with a line of .363/.473/.599 , good for 7.8 WAR
  • While not a feared power hitter, Olerud is 40th all-time in IBB
  • Career OBP of .398
  • 4th all-time in 1st base Total Zone Runs of 97
  • 11th all-time in career assists by a 1st basemen
  • 15th best all-time fielding percentage by a 1st basemen
  • Part of SI’s “The Best Infield Ever?” cover


  • Despite this, John won only three Gold Gloves during his career.
  • According to the JAWS method:

JAWS (Jaffe WAR Score system): A player’s JAWS is their career WAR averaged with their 7-year peak WAR

  • John Olerud is the 21st best 1st baseman of all-time, and his JAWS score of 48.4 is just below the 1st baseman HOF average of 55 JAWS
  • Yet John was on only one HOF ballot, earning just 0.7% of the vote.
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