Olerud's bat expired

The Yankees think John Olerud will be a useful addition, but in reality Olerud's bat hasn't been an asset for a while.

Originally Published: August 3, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
I came across the following in a popular newspaper this morning ... "Even if his bat has slowed, John Olerud can help the Yankees simply by his presence."

John Olerud
John Olerud was hitting .245 with just five homers when he was released by the Mariners.

Right. His presence certainly did help the Mariners this season, didn't it? Olerud was removed from the 25-man roster on July 15; at that moment, the Mariners' record was 33-54. In fact, Olerud was one of the biggest reasons for their terribly disappointing season.

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