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Don Aase redux
As alluded to in the previous post, pinning down Don Aase's
most valuable years may not be quite as simple as it may appear on the surface.
The Pitcher Wins Above Replacement page for Don Aase pegs 1980 as Don's
most valuable season with 2.6 wins.
Here's a quick chart of his
5 best seasons using Pitcher Wins Above Replacement . . .
As recorded in the previous Don Aase
posting here at the Baseball Intelligencer
, our initial analysis picked 1977, 1981, and 1986 as Don's best.
Here's the original 3 year Three Year Peak Normalized stat line for Don Aase
. . .
Substituting Don's '80 performance (adjusted for era etc.) for his
rookie year of '77 produces a pretty significantly altered set of stats for Aase
. . .
In terms of the APBA Baseball basic game, the card creation utility dropping Don
from a Grade B* down to a Grade C is bad enough, but losing the "Z" modifier for control hurts just as bad (or worse) in some circumstances.
In terms of Baseball
for Windows, the original peak Aase performance was graded 13* YZ, while the new alternate peak came in a disappointing 7/9* without any control or strikeout modifiers.
The extra 25 innings hurled by the new "alternate" Don Aase peak normalized projection simply is not enough to mitigate the drop in control, APBA grade, and strikeout rate, at least from this perspective.
Of course, that conclusion is open to debate, as not every potential GM would agree with the Baseball Intelligencer
on this particular point.
's greatest fame came as a closer, pitching from the bullpen was the role Don
actually preferred, so from the perspective of the Baseball Intelligencer
, the best way to ultimately portray Aase is at least primarily as a reliever, hence the initial Peak Normalized Bettendorf Transformation card that was produced for the Don Aase biography and profile.
One final alternative for choosing the years that compose Don Aase's
peak does exist.
Rather than using his '77 rookie year where Aase worked as a starter for half a season, being called up in in late July after the All-Star break, or his '80 "workhorse" year as a swingman splitting the year between starting or relief, we include 1984.
That was the year Don
first returned from elbow surgery, his
own season only getting started in late July, but he
posted a sparkling 1.62 ERA with 8 saves in 23 appearances.
The stat line for Aase
that includes '84 looks like this . . .
That's the best looking stat line yet produced for Aase, and it's a bit more befitting of a former All-Star closer than prior attempts.
The Wizard produced APBA card using numbers from that performance is reproduced in the lower right of this post.
As far as the Baseball Intelligencer
staff (currently composed of the author and a friendly web spider) is concerned, that one's the "keeper" for recreating Don Aase's
On September 15, 1986, Don Mattingly hit a game-winning home run off of Baltimore bullpen ace Don Aase
It was the second time Mattingly had done that to Aase
in less than a year.
After the game, Orioles manager Earl Weaver said that Aase would never pitch to Mattingly again, not even to intentionally walk him.
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'86 Don Aase
Donald William Aase
Donald William Aase is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1977 to 1988 in the American League, and in the National League from 1989 to 1990.
pitched for the Boston Red Sox (1977), California Angels (1978-84), Baltimore Orioles (1985-88), New York Mets (1989) and Los Angeles Dodgers
primarily wore uniform number "46 (with the Angels) and "41 (with the Orioles).
The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers tabs Aase as a Fastball-Slider style pitcher, reporting that he
added a slow curve to his
mound repertoire circa 1986.
was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 1972 amateur draft as a seventeen year old pitcher.
Assigned to Class A Short-Season Williamsport Red Sox, Don
struggled that summer, failing to win even a single game, amassing a 0-10 record, with an astronomical 5.81 ERA.
The following season Aase was placed with the Winter Haven Red Sox of the Class A Florida State League
, where he
led the league with 15 losses.
1973 wasn't a total failure however, as he
did manage to notch his
first professional victory, on his
way to winning 12 games.
ERA also moved from the abysmal to simply below average, at 3.60 it was about a half a run above the league norm.
The Red Sox didn't give up on Aase
, instead they shuffled him to another Class A team for the 1974 campaign, the Winston-Salem Red Sox.
The change in scenery, along with another year of development, saw Don blossom.
As a 19 year old he lead the Carolina League in wins, complete games, and shutouts, while compiling a 2.43 ERA over 230 innings.
Don's outstanding season led to him being named the circuit's Pitcher of the Year.
1975 saw Aase with the AAA Pawtucket "PawSox," the final step up the ladder before the big leagues, where he
was 8-13 for a team that went 53-87 on the year.
3.63 ERA was only good for 9th best on his
own last place team.
not sure about the back story, but for 1976, the Pawtucket Red Sock become the Rhode Island Red Sox, and then reverted to Pawtucket in 1977.
was limited to only 10 games and 54 innings in '76 with Rhode Island, wining 5 and losing 2.
The following year, he
had started 18 games in '77 for Pawtucket by the time he
was called up to Boston in mid-summer.
reached the majors and was immediately assigned to the Red Sox rotation for his
debut on July 26, 1977.
won that first big league game, a complete game 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Five days later, he
threw a shutout against the California Angels, and then on August 2nd, Aase
emerged victorious again, adding a third win in three starts.
added another shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 5, and ended his
rookie year with a nifty 6-2 record.
For the year 1977, Don's
3.12 ERA in 13 starts (a 146 ERA+) was promising, but Boston was only 7-6 in games started by Aase
Following that first season in the majors, Aase
was traded in December to the California Angels, for sec0nd baseman Jerry Remy.
first year in Anaheim, in 1978, was also his
first full year in the majors, and Don
was immediately made a part of the Angel's starting rotation.
For the year, Aase
started 29 games and notched 11 wins against 8 losses.
California's overall record when Don
took the mound was 17-12, a success by most any measure.
returned to California's rotation to begin 1979.
started 28 games through mid-August when he
was moved to the bullpen, where he
pitched an additional 9 games in relief.
For the year, Aase's ERA rose nearly a full run to 4.81, his record coming in at 9-10 with a pair of saves, as his club claimed their first division title.
In Game Three of the ALCS on October 5, 1979, 24 year old Aase became the first member of the Angels to earn a playoff victory.
Replacing Frank Tanana in the sixth inning with a 2-1 lead over the Baltimore Orioles, Don
gave up runs in the sixth and seventh innings, blowing the lead.
Following a pattern similar to the prior season, Aase
began 1980 in the Angel's starting rotation.
was again moved to the bullpen part way through the campaign, after losing five straight games in July.
Apparently the move suited Aase's personality quite well, as Don
never started another big league game.
For the whole year, his
record was 8-13 with a 4.06 ERA, but in relief he
was 3-0 with 2 saves and a 2.08 ERA.
Aase was the Angels primary closer in 1981, earning 11 saves in that strike shortened season, tied for 6th best in the American League.
Don's ERA was 2.34, and he
compiled a 4-4 record over 39 games and 65 1/3 innings, a pretty fair workload for an abbreviated 110 game campaign.
The year 1982 saw Don
back in his
now familiar role as the Angel's closer, but it also saw trouble for Aase
, as early in the year his
pitching arm began to ache.
The 100 Greatest Angels of All ...
The 100 Greatest Angels of All Time Countdown - #100, Don Aase
...#100 - Don Aase, RHPDon was a starting pitcher and a reliever in his six seasons with the Angels.As an Angel, he won 39 games and lost 39 games.He was the winning pitcher in the Angels' first postseason win in team history in the 1979 ALCS versus Baltimore.He also pitched for the 1982 Division Champions but was not on the postseason roster.
...The 100 Greatest Angels of All Time Countdown - #100, Don Aase
During his MLB career, Aase played with 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).
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.
Before being brought up to the Boston Red Sox, Aase's final minor league team was the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox
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 26 and then threw a shutout against the California Angels five days later.
He added another shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 5 and ended his rookie year with a 6-2 record and a 3.12 ERA in 13 starts (a 146 ERA+).
Following his first season in the majors, Aase was traded to the California Angels for infielder Jerry Remy.
In Game Three of the 1979 ALCS on October 5, 1979, 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.
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 15, he came in the ninth inning with runners on first and third and one out, and earned the save by inducing Chris Brown (baseball)|Chris Brown to hit into a game-ending double play.
However, late in the season, he began to show signs of overwork.
On August 28, 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 (baseball)|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.
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 Dodgers
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.
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...Donald William Aase (born September 8, 1954 in Orange, California, USA - ) was a baseball pitcher who played for 13 years (1977-90) on teams such as 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).Aase was named to the American League All-Star team in 1986.He was known for his outstanding relief pitching with the Orioles.His best year was 1986, when he recorded 34 saves (then a record for a last-place team) and a 2.98 ERA.Aase started his career as a starting pitcher.In 1979, the Angels began to use him as a reliever in some games and, by 1981, he was used exclusively in relief.He was drafted by the Red Sox and then traded by the Red Sox with cash December 8, 1977 to Los Angeles for Jerry Remy.He was then granted free agency on Nov. 4th 1984He was then signed as a free agent by the Orioles Dec. 13th 1984.He was released from the Orioles on Oct. 3rd 1988He was signed as a free agent by the Mets on Feb. 20th 1989.W L G GS CG SHO GF Sv IP H R ER HR BB K HBP ERA WHIP