Blue Jays: Who had the best offensive three-year stretch?
7. John Olerud – 1992-1994
The Blue Jays had such confidence in John Olerud, that they traded a 26-year old power-hitting Fred McGriff to give “Johnny O” the spot at first base. Olerud has an interesting rise to the major leagues as he made his Blue Jays debut in the same season he was drafted, without ever playing a minor league game.
By the time he was 24 years old, Olerud was the starting first basemen on the back-to-back World Series Champions. For a team to be good, you would need a roster full of talent and Olerud was one of the best on those teams. Known for his sweet swing, Olerud led the American League in doubles (54), batting average (.363), on-base percentage (.473) and OPS (1.072) in 1993, which led to him finishing third in AL-MVP voting.
Between the years 1992-1994, Olerud averaged 37 doubles, 17 home runs, while posting a slash line of .319/.420/.516 and an OPS of .936 and be named to the All-Star game in 1993.