Former Blue Jays first baseman John Olerud and former Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts have been revealed as MLB The Show 20 Legends.
In between detailing the many improvements made to MLB The Show 20, Sony San Diego continues to reveal new Legends that will be coming to game. The latest two to be revealed are former first baseman John Olerud and former second baseman Brian Roberts.
I have to admit, these are pretty odd inclusions. While both players were, without a doubt talented, I wouldn’t really consider either one a “legend” for the game of baseball.
Olerud probably has the stronger case of the two. He’s primarily known for his time as a member the Toronto Blue Jays where he won two World Series championships between 1992 and 1993. He was a two-time All-Star and won the American League batting title in 1993.
He played 17 seasons in the Majors, posting a .295 batting average and .398 on-base percentage while hitting 255 home runs, 500 doubles and knocking in 1,230 runs. He also won three Gold Glove Awards (2000, 2002, 2003).
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There’s no doubt Olerud had a long and successful career in the big league. But he’s not in the Hall of Fame, and he’s just not a very noteworthy player outside of maybe Toronto where he spent eight seasons.
Brian Roberts is probably a bit more familiar to the younger crowd simply because he’s the more recent of the two players. He was a big name in Baltimore, where he played for 13 seasons, but I’m hard-pressed to call him a baseball “legend.” He was a solid hitter and broke multiple Orioles records but, again, he’s just not the type of player I’d consider a legend of the game.
In his 14-year career, Roberts hit .276 with a .347 on-base percentage. He has 1,527 career hits with 97 home runs and 542 RBIs. He led the AL in stolen bases in 2007 and swiped 285 bases in his career.
Let’s just say the reception to John Olerud and Brian Roberts as Legends in MLB The Show 20 was not met with the same excitement as, say, Ken Griffey Jr., Mariano Rivera, or David Ortiz. Heck, just last week Sony revealed that the Braves’ Big Three (Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz) would be Legends. What do you think of the addition of John Olerud and Brian Roberts as Legends in this year’s game?