Jim Olander

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Jim Olander
Born: (1963-02-21) February 21, 1963 (age 54)
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 runs 0
Runs batted in 0

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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