Jim Olander

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Jim Olander
Born: (1963-02-21) February 21, 1963 (age 56)
Tucson, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 1991, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1991, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Batting average.000
Home runs0
Runs batted in0

James Bentley Olander (born February 21, 1963 in Tucson, Arizona) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and currently a baseball scout.

Olander attended Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Arizona.[1] He was selected by Philadelphia Phillies in the 7th Round (175th overall) of the 1981 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] Olander played in the minor leagues from 1981 to 1994 with the Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, and Houston Astros organizations. He was successful in the minor leagues: in 1986 he was named to the Eastern League's All-star Team[2] and was viewed by the Phillies organization as a prospect likely to play in the majors.[1] However his following seasons were shortened by injury and he eventually left the Phillies organization and signed as a free agent with the Astros who soon after traded him to the Brewers.[3] Olander was named the Most Valuable Player of the American Association in 1991.[4] That same year he was a "September call-up"[4] and joined the Brewers for 12 games. Olander was expected to fight for a spot on the Brewers 1992 40-man roster but he broke his leg in early May.[5] He never played another major-league game.

In October 2007, the Detroit Tigers promoted Olander from national crosschecker to big league scout, a job he still holds. [6] He was responsible for recommending Cody Ross to the Tigers prior to the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Drago, Mike (Jul 25, 1986). "Jim Olander outstanding in all fields". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Varsho steals spotlightin EL all-star shootout". Reading Eagle. Jul 15, 1986. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Jim Olander Trades and Transactions". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b Haudricourt, Tom (Sep 21, 1991). "Orlander reveling in call-up". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  5. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (May 6, 1992). "Brewers can't hack Comiskey". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  6. ^ Beck, Jason (2007-10-19). "Notes: Tigers promote Egan". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  7. ^ Claire, Fred (2010-10-25). "Scout not surprised by Ross' rise as pro". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 29 November 2011.

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