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Don Aase
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 237 of 1043 players
Donald William Aase
Born: September 8, 1954 at Orange, Cal.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.03 Weight: 222

Don Aase was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on May 27, 2003, July 2, 2011, and February 20, 2013.


First Mets game: April 3, 1989
Last Mets game: September 18, 1989

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1989. Willie Randolph didn't hit a homer all year until he faces Don Aase, opposite field no less. Blew playoff chances.

I was at that game where he gave up that home run to Willie Randolph - I was only 12 and it was the only game I went to that season. August 20, 1989, I'm pretty sure was the date. It's probably the most sickening thing I've seen at Shea (and went to A LOT of games in the early and mid-1990s) and to this day I grimace a little when I hear Aase's name. Poor guy — gives up one home run in August and gets branded for life! One other thing: Ramon Martinez started that game for the Dodgers — I think it was the second start of his career. Some Dodger fan was yapping about how "this kid is going to be a star" but no one paid any attention to him.

I remember a game (I think it was tied) when he gave up a three-run bomb to Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams, then with the Cubs. It was Williams' first major league at bat. Just awful.

October 29, 2001
I was listening to that fateful Mets-Dodgers game on the radio. Up comes Willie Randolph, and I said those horrible words..."Just throw the damn ball over the plate. Randolph can't hit the ball out of the park."

Against Aase, anybody could hit the ball out of the park. September was just a formality after that loss. That still ranks up there in my top ten worst Mets losses.

July 12, 2002
After the Randolph homer a writer from the NY Post called him Don Aase-hole. One of the funniest things I ever read.

Jonathan Stern
November 10, 2002
Aase pitching night after night in '89 may have been the first sign that the franchise was in trouble.

Mr. Sparkle
November 12, 2002
I remember when they got him thinking he wasn't going to be very good. His first couple of outings were quite impressive and I remember says "wow if he could only do this all year it'll be a great pick-up." I must have jinxed him because he sucked after that.

He is the first player listed in the baseball almanac!

Tom Shannon
June 2, 2004
Two things:
1. He did save over 30 games for the Orioles in 1986.
2. On opening day, 1989, good old Don Aase saved the day!

Gotta love the stache, too!

Bob P
March 5, 2005
Aase began his career as a starter, but switched to relief with the Angels in August, 1980. He had elbow surgery in 1982 and missed one whole season and parts of two others. He did not pitch in the majors from July 17, 1982 until June 16, 1984.

Aase bounced back and set an Orioles club record with 34 saves in 1986, but then another injury had him on the DL for a month early in the 1987 season and later forced him to miss the rest of the year after May 23.

In 1990, Aase had a save on Opening Day as Dwight Gooden beat the Cardinals, then had just one more save the rest of the season.

March 8, 2005
I know this is very Beavis and Butthead of me, but ever since I got his baeball card back in 1977 when he was with the Angels his last name just cracked me up, and believe it or not it still does. Sad that I remember him for that reason and not something he did on the field.

April 27, 2008
Notes (I type these not to disparage any poster, but merely to enter the facts in record. My memory is terrible, so don't think that I'm correcting anyone--this took a little research.)

1. The Willie Randolph game did occur on August 20, 1989. The starter for the Dodgers was indeed Ramon Martinez, but he already had 13 major league starts before this game.

2. It was not Mitch Williams' first career at-bat; it was his fifth. It was his first hit and his ONLY home run of his career (in fact, only one of three hits and the only extra-base hit of his career). The game wasn't tied either--it was already 7-4, Cubs.

3. He would not be the first player listed in the Baseball Almanac--Hank Aaron and Tommie Aaron would have been and now David Aardsma is. Aase is fourth.

4. The opening day save was very impressive--Aase relieved Gooden to get three outs with runners on the corners with no outs in the eighth.

Mike A
May 6, 2008
I remember the save that Aase picked up against the Cards on Opening Day '89 at Shea.

Was useful as a middle reliever for the Mets, but then Davey Johnson started over-using him, especially as a closer. I guess Randy Myers was in the doghouse at the time.

I thought he would have been back the next season, but no such luck.

scott r
November 11, 2008
Three memories of Aase. First, I was there opening day in 89 he got the save. Next two were bad; a homer to Randolph to basically end the season and lastly giving up a homer to Mitch Williams.

August 11, 2015
I too was at Shea for the sickening loss of 8/20/89. The only more deflating homer by an opponent I've ever seen in person was the one in 1987 that Terry Pendleton hit off Roger McDowell.

I looked to see why Davey Johnson didn't bring in Myers that day. It would have been a 2 1/3-inning save for Aase had he been able to get the last out. Said Davey: "Myers was available. Once Aase got the first two hitters out, I was giving him a chance to get a save. He was throwing the ball well."

But Davey, why didn't you just bring in Myers to start the 9th?

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