This day in baseball: Olerud’s surgery

After collapsing on January 11th following a workout, John Olerud underwent brain surgery for the removal of an aneurysm on February 27, 1989. Olerud, a left-handed first baseman at Washington State University, went on to be the Blue Jays’ third round pick in the June Amateur Draft.

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How to handle getting hit by a pitch

Here’s a cool little video from a Pac-12 baseball game this past May.  When Washington State pitcher Layne Bruner hit Arizona State outfielder Johnny Sewald with a pitch, Sewald caught the ball between his body and his arm.  Sewald then proceeded to casually toss the ball back to Bruner before taking off for first base.  Perhaps the most amusing part of this feat, however, is the reaction of the broadcaster.