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Full Name: Richard Warren Aguilera Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 4"/195 First Game: June 12, 1985
Birthdate: December 31, 1961 Final Game: September 6, 2000
Birthplace: San Gabriel, California MLB Experience: 16 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Richard Warren Aguilera (born December 31, 1961 in San Gabriel, California) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs.

New York Mets

Aguilera began his career as a third baseman and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980, but he decided to attend Brigham Young University instead. By the time the Mets drafted him in 1983, he was a pitcher. Aguilera saw his first major league action in June 1985 as the Mets were in a fierce division race with the Cardinals. He was particularly effective in July, going 3-0 with a 0.89 ERA, and ended the season 10-7 as the Cardinals edged out the Mets. Aguilera posted an identical record the next year in 1986 as the number five starter for the division-winning Mets and went on to pitch five scorless innings in relief against the Houston Astros in that year's NLCS. Despite a horrid 12.00 ERA in the World Series that year, he was the pitcher of record in the Mets' dramatic Game 6 comeback victory, getting the win despite giving up the two runs which surrendered the lead to Boston in the top of the 10th inning. Injuries slowed him the next two years, but he did pitch seven innings of one-run relief in the 1988 NLCS, which led to the Mets to experiment with him as a reliever.

Minnesota Twins

At the trading deadline in 1989, Aguilera was one of five pitchers dealt to the Minnesota Twins for Frank Viola. Although he completed the season as a starter, he was shifted to the closer's role in 1990 and responded by saving 32 games for a team that went 74-88. The next year, his relief pitching was instrumental in the Twins surprising division title, as he saved 42 games with a 2.76 ERA, a team record that would stand until Eddie Guardado broke it in 2002 with 45 saves. He went on to save three of four victories in the ALCS and the first two games of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves. In Game 3, he became the first pitcher to pinch hit in a World Series game since Don Drysdale in 1965, flying out in the top of the 12th with the bases loaded and two outs before giving up the game-winning hit in the bottom of the inning. Aguilera also won Game 6.

Later career

Aguilera became one of baseball's premier closers with the Twins (and very briefly the Red Sox in 1995) from 1990-1995 and was named to three All-Star teams from 1991-1993. After an off year in 1996, he continued to be effective through 1999, when the Twins traded him to the Cubs near the beginning of the season because they thought he would leave as a free agent at the end of the year. He retired after the 2000 season. He is the Twins' all-time leader saves (254) as well as being thirteenth on the all-time saves list with 318.

Life after baseball

A devout Mormon, Aguilera now lives in the San Diego suburb of Rancho Santa Fe, California and dedicates his time to his family, real estate investments, and coaching high school baseball at Santa Fe Christian.

Career Highlights


Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1985 NY N 21 19 10 7 3.24 74 49 44 2 0 0 122.1 118 8 37 2 5 2
1986 NY N 28 20 10 7 3.88 104 70 61 2 0 0 141.2 145 15 36 1 5 7
1987 NY N 18 17 11 3 3.60 77 53 46 1 0 0 115 124 12 33 2 9 3
1988 NY N 11 3 0 4 6.93 16 20 19 0 0 0 24.2 29 2 10 2 1 1
1989 NY N 36 0 6 6 2.34 80 19 18 0 0 7 69.1 59 3 21 3 3 2
1989 MIN A 11 11 3 5 3.21 57 32 27 3 0 0 75.2 71 5 17 1 1 1
1989 Total 47 11 9 11 2.79 137 51 45 3 0 7 145 130 8 38 4 4 3
1990 MIN A 56 0 5 3 2.76 61 27 20 0 0 32 65.1 55 5 19 6 3 4
1991 MIN A 63 0 4 5 2.35 61 20 18 0 0 42 69 44 3 30 6 3 1
1992 MIN A 64 0 2 6 2.84 52 28 21 0 0 41 66.2 60 7 17 4 5 1
1993 MIN A 65 0 4 3 3.11 59 25 25 0 0 34 72.1 60 9 14 3 1 1
1994 MIN A 44 0 1 4 3.63 46 23 18 0 0 23 44.2 57 7 10 3 2 0
1995 MIN A 22 0 1 1 2.52 29 7 7 0 0 12 25 20 2 6 1 0 1
1995 BOS A 30 0 2 2 2.67 23 9 9 0 0 20 30.1 26 4 7 0 0 0
1995 TOT A 52 0 3 3 2.60 52 16 16 0 0 32 55.1 46 6 13 1 0 1
1996 MIN A 19 19 8 6 5.42 83 69 67 2 0 0 111.1 124 20 27 1 6 3
1997 MIN A 61 0 5 4 3.82 68 29 29 0 0 26 68.1 65 9 22 3 3 2
1998 MIN A 68 0 4 9 4.24 57 35 35 0 0 38 74.1 75 8 15 1 1 1
1999 MIN A 17 0 3 1 1.27 13 3 3 0 0 6 21.1 10 2 2 0 1 0
1999 CHI N 44 0 6 3 3.69 32 22 19 0 0 8 46.1 44 6 10 1 3 2
1999 Total 61 0 9 4 2.93 45 25 22 0 0 14 67.2 54 8 12 1 4 2
2000 CHI N 54 0 1 2 4.91 38 28 26 0 0 29 47.2 47 11 18 2 1 4
Total NL 212 59 44 32 3.70 421 261 233 5 0 44 567 566 57 165 13 27 21
Total AL 520 30 42 49 3.47 609 307 279 5 0 274 724.1 667 81 186 29 26 15
Total 732 89 86 81 3.57 1030 568 512 10 0 318 1291.1 1233 138 351 42 53 36

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1985 NY N P 21 19 122.1 8 16 0 1 0 1 8 10 0 1.000
1986 NY N P 28 20 141.2 13 26 0 1 0 1 10 4 0 1.000
1987 NY N P 18 17 115 7 29 2 1 0 1 6 0 0 .947
1988 NY N P 11 3 24.2 3 5 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 1.000
1989 NY N P 36 0 69.1 2 8 1 0 0 0 5 4 0 .909
1989 MIN A P 11 11 75.2 4 13 0 2 0 0 4 1 0 1.000
1989 Total P 47 11 145 6 21 1 2 0 0 9 5 0 .964
1990 MIN A P 56 0 65.1 2 4 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 1.000
1991 MIN A P 63 0 69 7 5 0 0 0 2 7 0 0 1.000
1992 MIN A P 64 0 66.2 2 5 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 1.000
1993 MIN A P 65 0 72.1 12 8 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 1.000
1994 MIN A P 44 0 44.2 4 9 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 1.000
1995 MIN A P 22 0 25 2 2 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 1.000
1995 BOS A P 30 0 30.1 0 6 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 1.000
1995 TOT A P 52 0 55.1 2 8 0 0 0 0 17 0 0 1.000
1996 MIN A P 19 19 111.1 13 5 2 0 0 0 11 0 0 .900
1997 MIN A P 61 0 68.1 5 13 0 1 0 1 5 4 1 1.000
1998 MIN A P 68 0 74.1 3 9 0 2 0 0 6 0 0 1.000
1999 MIN A P 17 0 21.1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000
1999 CHI N P 44 0 46.1 4 6 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 1.000
1999 Total P 61 0 67.2 6 7 0 1 0 1 3 2 0 1.000
2000 CHI N P 54 0 47.2 6 7 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1.000
Total P 732 89 1291.1 99 177 5 9 0 12 109 27 1 .982

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1985 NY N 22 36 1 10 0 2 .278 .297 .333 2 0 1 5 0 7 0 0 1
1986 NY N 32 51 4 8 2 6 .157 .204 .275 0 0 3 12 0 3 0 0 0
1987 NY N 18 40 5 9 1 3 .225 .244 .325 1 0 1 17 0 6 0 0 0
1988 NY N 11 4 1 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
1989 NY N 36 7 1 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
1989 MIN A 11 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 Total 47 7 1 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
1990 MIN A 56 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 MIN A 63 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 MIN A 64 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993 MIN A 65 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994 MIN A 44 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 MIN A 22 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 BOS A 30 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 TOT A 52 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 MIN A 19 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1997 MIN A 61 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 MIN A 68 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 MIN A 17 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 CHI N 44 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 Total 61 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 CHI N 54 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 217 139 12 28 3 11 .201 .234 .288 3 0 6 37 0 16 0 0 1
Total AL 520 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 737 139 12 28 3 11 .201 .234 .288 3 0 6 37 0 16 0 0 1

Transactions

  • Selected by St. Louis Cardinals in the 37th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 3, 1980).
  • Selected by New York Mets in the 3rd round of the free-agent draft (June 6, 1983 - signed September 9, 1983).
  • Traded by New York Mets with David West, Kevin Tapani, Tim Drummond and a player to be named later to Minnesota Twins in exchange for Frank Viola (July 31, 1989); Minnesota Twins received Jack Savage (October 16, 1989).
  • Traded by Minnesota Twins to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Frankie Rodriguez and a player to be named later (July 6, 1995); Minnesota Twins received J. J. Johnson (October 11, 1995).
  • Granted free agency (October 31, 1995).
  • Signed by Minnesota Twins (December 11, 1995).
  • Traded by Minnesota Twins with Scott Downs to Chicago Cubs in exchange for Kyle Lohse and Jason Ryan (May 21, 1999).
  • Granted free agency (October 30, 2000).

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