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Don Aase
DonAase
Relief Pitcher
New York Mets
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6'3" Weight: 210 lb.
Born on September, 8, 1954 in Orange, California
MLB Debut
July 26, 1977 for the Boston Red Sox
Draft
Year     1972
Team     Boston Red Sox
Round     6th
Overall     136th
Mets Career Statistics
as of June 2, 2008
IP     59.1
W-L     1-5
K     34
ERA     3.94
WHIP     1.382
S     2
Career Statistics
as of June 2, 2008
IP     1109.3
W-L     66-60
K     641
ERA     3.80
WHIP     1.390
S     82
Teams
Career Highlights and Awards


Donald William Aase (born September 8, 1954 in Orange, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1977 to 1990 for the Boston Red Sox (1977), California Angels (1978-84) and Baltimore Orioles (1985-88), of the American League. In the National League, he played for the New York Mets (1989) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1990).

Minor LeaguesEdit

Aase was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 1972 amateur draft. That summer he struggled with the Williamsport Red Sox, putting up an 0-10 record to go along with a 5.81 ERA. The following season he was with the Winter Haven Red Sox and led the Florida State League with 15 losses. However, he bounced back in 1974 with the Winston-Salem Red Sox, leading the Carolina League in wins, complete games, and shutouts, and was named the circuit's Pitcher of the Year.

Major LeaguesEdit

Boston Red SoxEdit

Aase reached the majors when he joined the Red Sox rotation in July 1977. He won his first big league game against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 26th and then threw a shutout against the California Angels five days later. He added another shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 5th and ended his rookie year with a 6-2 record and a 3.12 ERA in 13 starts (a 146 ERA+).

California AngelsEdit

Following his first season in the majors, Aase was traded to the California Angels for infielder Jerry Remy. He was primarily a starter in his first two and a half years with the team, notching 11 wins in 1978. In Game Three of the 1979 ALCS on October 5, 1979, he Aase became the first member of the Angels to earn a post-season victory. In that contest, he replaced Frank Tanana in the sixth inning with a 2-1 lead over the Baltimore Orioles. He gave up runs in the sixth and seventh innings to blow the lead but still earned the victory when the Angels scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game and stay alive in the Series.

Aase was moved to the bullpen in the middle of the 1980 season (he would never start another big league game after that) and was the Angels primary closer in 1981, notching 11 saves. However, in July 1982, he suffered an elbow injury that sidelined him for nearly two years. He came back in June 1984 and made 23 appearances for California, recording 8 saves.

Baltimore OriolesEdit

Following the 1984 season, Aase became a free agent and signed with the Baltimore Orioles. He won 10 games and saved 14 in his first year with the O's before putting up his best numbers of his big league career in 1986. That season, he saved 23 games in the first half and was named to the All-Star team. In the only All-Star Game appearance of his career, on July 15th, he came in in the ninth inning with runners on first and third and one out, and earned the save by inducing Chris Brown to hit into a game-ending double play. However, late in the season, he began to show signs of overwork. On August 28th, he became the first Orioles pitcher to lose two games in the same day, giving up game-winning hits to Dave Kingman in the first game of the doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics and then to Carney Lansford in the nightcap. Nonetheless, Aase set the record for most saves in a season for an Oriole in with 34, surpassing Tim Stoddard's 26 saves in 1980. He held the record until Gregg Olson earned 36 saves in 1990. His 34 saves were also at the time the record for a member of a last place team.

Aase's sole win in 1987 came on Opening Day, April 6, pitching an inning and a third of scoreless relief after replacing Mike Boddicker. After a few more relief appearances, he missed the rest of the season with shoulder surgery.

New York MetsEdit

With the season approaching, 34-year-old Aase signed as a free agent with the New York Mets on February 20, 1989. Aase made 49 appearances out of the Mets bullpen in 1989, posting a 1-5 record with a 3.94 ERA over 59 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

Exactly one year after coming to terms with the Mets, Aase signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers on February 20, 1990. Working out of the Los Angeles bullpen, Aase went 3-1 with a 4.97 ERA over 38 innings in 32 games. His final big league appearance came on the final day of the season, October 3 as the Dodgers hosted the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. With the Dodgers trailing the Padres 4-3, Aase replaced Dennis Cook and let up two unearned runs over one-third of an inning before giving way to Darren Holmes.

Career StatisticsEdit

Year Tm W L G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO IBB ERA WHIP
1977BOS62131342092.38536326194913.121.126
1978CAL1182929610178.7185888014809344.031.483
1979CAL9103728712185.32001049919779674.811.495
1980CAL8134021512175193837913667434.061.48
1981CAL44390001165.35617174243822.341.224
1982CAL33240004524520205234023.461.308
1984CAL412300083930771192851.621.256
1985BAL1065400014888344376356773.781.341
1986BAL67660003481.77129276286722.981.212
1987BAL1070002882214302.251.5
1988BAL0035000046.74022214372854.051.65
1989NYM1549000259.35627265263433.941.382
1990LAD31320003383324215192444.971.368
Totals666044891225821109.3108550346889457641453.81.39

Career, Achievements and TriviaEdit

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