Friday, May 15, 2009
1989 Topps Major League Debut #90: Steve Olin
PHOTO: It's tough to judge this photo fairly because of Olin's untimely death in 1993. He looks so melancholy in this picture, which I'm sure seems that way only because he died more than 15 years ago.
STAT: Over 1991-1992, among relievers with at least 100 IP, Olin had one of the top ERA+ values. He was well on his way to becoming one of the best closers in the game. His death was a major blow for the Indians franchise.
ANAGRAM: I'm not trying to be funny or make light of Olin's death, but it's interesting to note, given that the boating accident happening at night, that Steve Olin = Lost in eve
Based on what he actually achieved in the big leagues, I'd give Olin a 3/10 since he played only 3 full seasons although they were excellent. Who knows what Olin might have achieved had he not died during spring training in 1993. It is worth noting, though, that Olin had a fairly low strikeout rate in 1991-1992 (the 27th lowest out of 105 relievers with 100 IP) and therefore might not have maintained the same level of success in the following years.
Tim Crews also died in the accident.