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  • hwmongoose
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    He had one of the best curveballs I've seen in my lifetime. I would add his to this list of right-handed curveballs:

    Bert Blyleven
    Nolan Ryan

    Also, another Orioles reliever a few years before Olson was Tippy Martinez, who had one of the best left-handed curveballs I've ever seen.

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  • Cowtipper
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    Originally posted by J W View Post
    For this one I voted that Gregg Olson had Hall of Fame potential. The guy was flat out filthy for the Baltimore Orioles... most likely our best full-time reliever ever (Hoyt Wilhelm spent time as a starter). He was also a huge reason why the "Why Not?" team came out of nowhere to content for the AL East in 1989.

    Unfortunately, Olson tore his elbow in '93 and he was never the same.
    I almost want to agree, but it seems like any closer that ends up having a good career has one stretch of complete dominance like Olson has. Jeff Montgomery's 1989 to 1993, Armando Benitez's 1999 to 2004, John Wetteland's 1992 to 1998, Todd Worrell's 1985 to 1992...I'm not sure if Olson's dominant streak was a sign of Hall of Fame potential, or if dominant streaks are something that good relievers just have for the most part.

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  • J W
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    For this one I voted that Gregg Olson had Hall of Fame potential. The guy was flat out filthy for the Baltimore Orioles... most likely our best full-time reliever ever (Hoyt Wilhelm spent time as a starter). He was also a huge reason why the "Why Not?" team came out of nowhere to content for the AL East in 1989.

    Unfortunately, Olson tore his elbow in '93 and he was never the same.

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  • Cowtipper
    started a poll Gregg Olson

    Gregg Olson

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    No
    72.73%
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    Maybe
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    Not a Hall of Famer, but he had Hall of Fame potential
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    Gregg Olson pitched in the major leagues from 1988 to 2001, going 40-39 with 217 saves and 447 games finished, while posting a 3.46 ERA and 123 ERA+ in 622 games. In 1989, he won the American League Rookie of the Year and in 1990 he was an All-Star. His 1989 season was impressive enough (1.64 ERA, 27 Sv.) for him to earn votes for the Cy Young Award (6th place) and MVP Award (12th).

    In 1989, at the age of 22, the former first-round draft pick began an incredible run of seasons that stretched until 1993--in that five year span, he appeared in 310 games and saved 170 of them (finishing 273), while posting a 2.23 ERA and a 176 ERA+, averaging 32 saves a year. Only two pitchers, Dennis Eckersley and Lee Smith, had more saves in that span and only one, Jeff Montgomery, posted a higher ERA+.

    Though negligible, his playoff experience was solid. He posted a 0.00 ERA in two games, in which he tossed a total of 1/3 of an inning. On the all-time lists, he is 39th in saves and 45th in games finished.

    Statistically, he is similar to Ugueth Urbina, Keith Foulke, Jeff Brantley, Jeff Shaw, Brad Lidge, Dave Veres, Bobby Thigpen, Todd Worrell, Rod Beck and John Wyatt. He is #738 on the Fan EloRater, ahead of Doug Rau, Jeff Russell and Todd Worrell, but behind Mickey McDermott, Jay Howell and Jack Harshman.

    What do you think about Gregg Olson? Should he be in the Hall of Fame? Did he have Hall of Fame potential?

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