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Rick
Aguilera

Aggie began his career as a third baseman and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980, but elected to attend Brigham Young University. When the Mets drafted him in 1983, he had converted to a pitcher. He saw his first Major League action as a starter in June of 1985 at a time that the Mets were in a fierce division race with the Cardinals. He was particularly effective in July of that season, going 3-0 with a 0.89 ERA and ended the season with a 10-7 record. Aggie posted an identical record the following year for the division winning Mets and went on to pitch five scoreless innings in relief against Houston in the NLCS. He was the winning pitcher in the Mets dramatic Game 6 comeback victory over Boston in the 1986 World Series.

At the trading deadline in 1989, Rick was one of five pitchers dealt to the Twins for Frank Viola. In 1990 Twins Manager Tom Kelly switched him to the closer role and he responded by saving 32 games for a Twins team that went 74-88 that season. He was instrumental in the Twins second World Series Championship in '91 and that season he saved 42 games and posted a stingy 2.35 ERA, a team record that would stand until 2002. He saved 3 of the 4 ALCS Twin victories and the first two games of the World Series against the Braves. He was the winning pitcher in dramatic Game 6 of the '91 Series. As one of the game's premier closers with the Twins he was named to 3 All Star Teams from 1991-93 and is the Twins all-time save leader with 254 saves. He finished his career with 1,030 strikeouts, a 3.57 ERA and 318 saves. Rick is a member of the Twins "Hall of Fame" ('08) and was named to the "All Metrodome Team" in 2009.

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Born: December 31, 1961—San Gabriel, CA
Major League Teams:
New York Mets (1985-1989)
Minnesota Twins (1989-1995 / 1996-1995)
Boston Red Sox (1995)
Chicago Cubs (1999-2000)

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