Cooperstown Chronicles – Al Oliver

Jan 20, 2008

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Al Oliver hit .300 or better in 11 seasons (including nine of his last ten seasons).  He came up 257 hits short of a guaranteed Hall of Fame bid, but he is still worthy in my book.

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The Numbers
2743 Hits (48th All-time)
.303 Batting Average
1189 Runs
529 Doubles (30th All-Time)
219 Home Runs
1326 RBI (84th All-time)
4083 Total Bases (68th All-time)
9049 At Bats (59th All-time)

The Awards
7 All-Star Appearances
3 Silver Sluggers
Received MVP votes in 10 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average – 9 Times (Batting Crown in ’82)
On-base % – Once
Slugging % – Twice
At Bats – Six Times
Runs – Four Times
Hits – Nine times (Led league in ’82)
Total Bases – Five Times (Led league in ’82)
Doubles – Nine Times (Led league in ’82 & ’83)
Triples – Three Times
RBI – Four Times (Led league in ’82)

The numbers speak for themselves.  Scoops could flat out hit.  He was a model of consistency for a long time.  He was a World Champion and a batting champion.  He was an All-Star and a Silver Slugger.  There’s one more title he should own.  Hall of Famer.

References
http://www.baseball-reference.com/o/oliveal01.shtml

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris

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    May 7th, 2009 at 9:02 am #

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    May 7th, 2009 at 9:03 am #

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    May 13th, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

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    May 20th, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

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  6. Mr.Carrot98
    October 23rd, 2009 at 12:24 am #

    Besides the fact that some are only there to fill the politically correct quotas but seem totally incapable of fulfilling their duties. ,

  7. Chancellor
    December 26th, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    FINALLY!! Someone who shares my thoughts about Al Oliver. I’ve been saying that Al Oliver deserved to be in cooperstown. Been telling that to my brother for years!

  8. Carita Attridge
    July 5th, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    You are a very clever individual!

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