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Friday, November 19, 2021

Bob Olah made mistakes, but learned from them; Saw five pro seasons, made high-A

In his fourth professional season, first baseman Bob Oleh's power numbers hadn't showed up, but he felt satisfied. He saw consistency, he told The State in Columbia.

"I'm happy with it," Olah told The State. "Things could be better. I've made a lot of mistakes that I've learned a lot from. Basically, in the minor leagues, you play every day and you learn from your mistakes."

Olah ended up continuing to learn over that season and the next. He saw a total of five campaigns. He topped out at high-A.

Olah's career began in 1986, taken by the Mets in the 28th round of the draft out of Notre Dame High School in Connecticut.

Olah started with the Mets at rookie Kingsport. He hit .192 over 36 games. He then played the next two seasons at short-season Little Falls. He hit .241 his first year there and .285 with seven home runs in his second.

He arrived at single-A Columbia for 1989. He got into 133 games and hit .259. He also hit six home runs. 

Olah's third home run of the year helped power his Columbia team to a June win, The State wrote. The home run marked his second in six at bats.

"The Mets want me to hit home runs, but I haven't been getting the pitches," Olah told The State. "I haven't been swinging for them. When (traveling instructor) Chuck (Hiller) came into town, he kicked my rear end and lit a fire under me."

Olah played 1990 at high-A St. Lucie. In May, he went home, indicating he "wasn't having fun anymore," The Palm Beach Post wrote.

But he ultimately returned to complete the season and went 2 for 4, with three RBI in a July game. He saw 84 total games at St. Lucie and hit .257 to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,785
Made the Majors:1,277-33.7%
Never Made Majors:2,508-66.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:526
10+ Seasons in the Minors:313

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