Aaron Boone

Biography: This Biography contains Aaron's hitting, defense and career highlights, recap, basic bio and quick fact.. Quick Facts/Basic Biography Aaron married Laura Cover on November 9, 2002). In 1991 graduated from Villa Park (California) High School, where he played baseball, basketball and football. He hit .308 during 3 seasons at the University of Southern California. Aaron retired from baseball after the 2009 season and took a job working for ESPN as a game and studio analyst for their baseball coverage. 2004 Season Aaron Aaron's lost season began with a torn ACL in his left knee suffered in a pickup basketball game in January. The Yankees voided his $5.75 million contract because of the injury, but the Indians signed him to a two-year, deal in June with an option for 2006. He needed a second surgery on the knee and didn't play. Hitting, Baserunning & Defense Aaron doesn't have great numbers against lefthanders, but his power increased in 2002-03 because he started pulling theThis Biography contains Aaron's hitting, defense and career highlights, recap, basic bio and quick fact.. Quick Facts/Basic Biography Aaron married Laura Cover on November 9, 2002). In 1991 graduated from Villa Park (California) High School, where he played baseball, basketball and football. He hit .308 during 3 seasons at the University of Southern California. Aaron retired from baseball after the 2009 season and took a job working for ESPN as a game and studio analyst for their baseball coverage. 2004 Season Aaron Aaron's lost season began with a torn ACL in his left knee suffered in a pickup basketball game in January. The Yankees voided his $5.75 million contract because of the injury, but the Indians signed him to a two-year, deal in June with an option for 2006. He needed a second surgery on the knee and didn't play. Hitting, Baserunning & Defense Aaron doesn't have great numbers against lefthanders, but his power increased in 2002-03 because he started pulling the ball more. He's not a high average hitter-his average has dropped steadily from .294 in 2001, while his strikeouts have climbed-but his run production has kept improving. He has problems with breaking balls out of the strike zone, but can take those pitches to right field. Aaron, who can play short, second and third, has a good, accurate arm and was a high-percentage basestealer before the two knee surgeries. 2004 Career Highlights: Missed the entire 2004 season after having a pair of surgeries on his left knee. Had off-season surgery on his left knee after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament playing in pick-up basketball game in January in Newport Beach, CA. Had the surgery performed on February 16th by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Anaheim, CA. At the time of the injury he was on the New York Yankees 40-man roster and he was later officially released by the Yankees on March 1. He rehabbed at his home in Arizona following surgery and signed a free agent major league contract with Cleveland on June 26. After being signed by Cleveland he continued his rehab in Arizona before joining the club for baseball related workouts at the end of July. Joined the Indians on 11-game road trip at end of July and began experiencing pain and swelling in the surgically repaired knee during his rehab. Was shutdown from baseball-activities and underwent a second procedure on August 20th to remove loose bodies and promote cartilage growth in the left knee joint. Surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman and Dr. Mark Schickendantz in Vail, CO. Expected to be ready for the opening of the 2005 season. Owns a career major league average of .278 (542-1949) w/75HR & 316RBI and .244 (152-623) w/17HR & 77RBI off LHP. Owns a career batting average of .338 (23-68) with the bases loaded with 1 grand slam. Career has appeared in 679 games at third base, 30 at SS and 21 at second base. 2003 Career Highlights: Hit .267 (158-592) with 24HR, 96RBI and 23SB in 160 games with Cincinnati and the Yankees (133GS at third base, 19GS at second base, and 3GS at shortstop). In 54 games with the Yankees, hit .254 (48-for-189) with 6HR, 31RBI and 8SB (52GS at third base). Hit .273 (110-403) w/18HR, 65RBI and 15SB in 106 games (81GS at third base, 19GS at second base and 3GS at shortstop) with Cincinnati before being traded to the Yankees on 7/31. Was selected to his first All-Star team in 2003 and was named National League "Player of the Week" twice (5/5-11 and 6/9-15). Hit three solo-homers on 5/8 vs. St. Louis, going 3-for-4. Was his second career three homer game (also 8/9/02 vs. SD). Was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on 7/31 for LHPs Brandon Claussen, Charlie Manning and cash considerations. Became 26th player to start at third for Yankees under Manager Joe Torre (1996-2003). Hit first home run as a Yankee-a game-winning 3-run HR in the ninth-and was 1-for-4 with 1BB in 8/15 win at Baltimore. Hit three-run HR (#4) and solo HR (#5) in 9/15 win at Baltimore, his 11th career multi-HR game and fourth of the season. Was his first multi-HR game as a Yankee. Hit .170 (9-for-53) with 2HR and 4RBI in 17 post-season games. Hit ALCS-ending "walk-off" solo-HR in the bottom of the 11th inning in Game 7 vs. Boston on 10/15 off Tim Wakefield. Was only the fifth home run ever to end a post-season series and first since the Mets' Todd Pratt won the 1999 NLDS with a 10th-inning home run in Game Four vs. Arizona. It was only the second "walk-off" home run in a post-season Game 7 (also Pittsburgh's Bill Mazeroski to end the 1960 World Series vs. NYY). 2002 Career Highlights: Batted .241 (146-606) with 26 HR and 87 RBI in all 162 games for the Reds. Became only the seventh Reds player to produce at least 25 homers and 25 stolen bases in a season. Led the club in games (162), total bases (266), RBI (87) and stolen bases (32). Tied Adam Dunn for the club lead in homers (26). Established career highs in games, at bats (606), doubles (38), HR, walks (56) and stolen bases (32). With 32 stolen bases led all Major League third basemen and ranked sixth overall in the NL. Among all ML third basemen ranked 6th in HR and 7th in RBI. After the All-Star break led the National League with 26 doubles. His 26HR were the most by a Reds third baseman since Willie Greene in 1997 (26HR). No Reds third baseman has hit more than 26HR in a season since Tony Perez in 1970 (40hr). His 32 stolen bases were the most by a Reds third baseman since Chris Sabo in 1988 (46SB). Was one of only two National Leaguers (Florida's Derrek Lee), one of six Major Leaguers and the only Reds player to appear in all 162G. Was the first Reds player to appear in all 162 games since Dave Parker in 1986. Made 154 starts, including a team-high 141 starts at 3B and 13 starts at SS. In the 12-10 victory on 8/9 vs. S.D. went 4-for-5 with 3HR and 5RBI. The 3HR tied the club record, and the 4 hits and 5RBI tied his career highs. Homered twice in the first inning off Brett Tomko, then homered again off Tomko in the fourth. Became the 40th Major League player, the 22nd National Leaguer and the second Reds batter to homer twice in an inning (Ray Knight, 5/13/80 vs. NYM, 5th). Was the sixth player to do accomplish the feat in 2002, including his brother, Seattle's Bret Aaron (5/2 at Chicago White Sox, 1st). Was only the fourth player in history to homer twice in the first inning of a game (Sea's Bret Aaron & Mike Cameron, 5/2/02 at White Sox; Philadelphia's Von Hayes, 6/11/85 vs. Mets). Became the 22nd Reds player to hit 3HR in a game, accomplished for the 26th time overall and for the second time in 2002 (Russell Branyan, 8/4 at SD). The Aarons are only set of brothers with 3-homer games. Hit some of the Reds' most dramatic home runs of the season, including a pair of game ending homers. In the 11-inning, 4-3 victory on 6/14 vs. Pit hit a 1-out solo HR off Mike Williams in the ninth inning to tie at 3-3 and a solo HR off Williams leading off the 11th to win it. Became just the 11th player ever to hit a game-tying homer in the ninth and the game-winning homer in extra innings off the same pitcher. From 7/ 7-7/12 homered in 3 consecutive games for the only time in his career. On 9/22 homered off PHI Dan Plesac, the last homer at Cinergy Field, to join the 25/25 club. Was responsible for three of the club's eight "walk-off" victories. His three stolen bases on 7/24 vs. Pittsburgh were a career high and the most by a Reds runner all season. Had a season-high hitless skid of 17ab (8/24-8/29), 1AB shy of his career high (0-18, 5/8-31/99). 2001 Career Highlights: Was hampered by three disabling injuries and two surgeries but in 103 games still hit a career-high .294 (112-381) with 26 doubles, 14 HR and 62 RBI. Reached base safely in 88 of his 103 games. Combined with Marinersf 2B Bret Aaron (141RBI) to become just the sixth set of brothers to produce 200RBI in a season, most recently accomplished by Lee & Carlos May in 1973. The others were Irish & Bob Meusel (5x), Roy & Bob Johnson (once), Joe & Vince DiMaggio (3x) and Joe & Dom Dimaggio (once). Was on the disabled list three times with broken bones suffered when he was hit by pitches, from 5/15-6/14 with a broken hamate bone in his right hand, from 8/15-8/31 with a broken right wrist and from 9/24 through the end of the season with a broken left thumb. Suffered the hamate injury on 5/14 vs. Houston, when he was hit by a Wade Miller pitch, and the next day had surgery to remove the bone (hand specialist Dr. Greg Sommerkamp, Dr. Timothy Kremchek). Suffered the right wrist injury on 8/14 at St. Louis, when he was hit by a Matt Morris pitch. On 9/23 at Milwaukee suffered a broken left thumb, when he was hit by a Jamey Wright pitch, and on 9/27 had surgery to insert a pin and a wire into the thumb (Sommerkamp, Kremchek). Led the club with 19 errors, the T4th-highest total among all Major League third basemen. On 4/28 at Colorado was ejected by HP umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, who an inning earlier had ejected manager Bob Aaron. It was believed to be the first father/son ejection in Major League history. Was Aaronfs second career ejection (6/20/97 at StL). on 7/16 vs. Detroit produced a single, 2 doubles and a home run. In his last plate appearance was thrown out trying to stretch a double in his attempt to become the first Reds batter to hit for the cycle since Eric Davis on 6/2/89 vs. San Diego. 2000 Career Highlights: Batted .285 (83-for-291) with 12 HR and 43 RBI in 84 games. On 8/8 had reconstructive surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee (Dr. Timothy Kremchek, Dr. James Andrews). Injured the knee on 7/5 at St. Louis. Missed three starts before he played again in the 5-3 loss vs. Cleveland on 7/9, when he entered the game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement and aggravated the injury while fielding a ground ball. On 7/12 went on the disabled list, retroactive to 7/10, and on 9/2 was transferred to the 60-day DL. At the time of the knee injury was tied for the club lead with 18 doubles. Despite the injury still led the club with 80 starts at third. On 6/13 at San Francisco suffered a broken nose when he was hit by a Russ Ortiz pitch but missed only the next day's game. In the victory on 5/12 vs. San Diego combined with brother Bret for 6 hits, 3 HR and 7 RBI. 1999 Career Highlights: Batted .280 (132-for-472) with 14HR and 72RBI in 139 games. Led the club with 129 starts at 3B. Began the season with the Reds and hit .218 with 1HR and 3RBI in 21 games before he was optioned to Indianapolis on 5/12 to make room on the roster for LHP Ron Villone. In 11 games at Indy hit .341 before he returned on 5/ 25, when LHP Denny Neagle went on the disabled list. Opened the season as the Reds' starting third baseman. Put together his best streak of the season in a 24-game span from 8/20-9/11, when he had 8HR and 31RBI, including his first career grand slam (8/21 vs. Montreal off Thurman) and his first career 2-HR game (9/ 7 at Cubs in Game 2 off McNichol and Sanders). Eddie Taubensee also hit grand slam that 8/21 game as the Reds tied a Major League single-game record. On 9/1 vs. Atlanta combined with Bret Aaron to become the first brothers on opposing teams to homer in the same game since Houston's Jose Cruz Sr. and Chicago's Hector Cruz on 5/4/81 at Wrigley Field. On 9/4 at PHI was 1 of 8 Reds players to hit 9 HR, establishing the NL record for homers in a game and the ML single-game record for most players with at least 1 HR. Finished the season with a careerhigh 41-game errorless streak. On 12/8 had arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee (Dr. Timothy Kremchek). 1998 Career Highlights: During two stints with the Reds appeared in 58 games, including 49 starts at 3B, second on the club to Willie Greene's 69 starts at third. Began the season at CIN and went 1-10 in 9 games and 1 start before he was optioned to Indianapolis on 4/24. Hit .325 in his last 18G at Indy, until he was promoted again on 7/31 following an injury to Pokey Reese. On 7/31 became the Reds' starting third baseman and the rest of the season hit .292 in 49 games and 48 starts. Hit his first Major League HR on 8/26 vs. Cubs off Kerry Wood. Hit his other homer on the last day of the season, a 3-run shot off PIT's Jose Silva in the sixth inning that snapped a 1-1 tie in the 4-1 victory. 1997 Career Highlights: Ranked among American Association leaders with 56 extra-base hits (3rd), 22HR (T4th), 79 runs (T4th) and a .290 average (T8th). Ranked among all Reds minor leaguers in BA (9th) and HR (4th). Following the season played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League and batted .297 with 5HR and 26RBI. Was named to the AFL's All-Prospect team by league coaches and managers. For the Reds hit .245 in 16 games and 11 starts in his first Major League action. At Cincinnati, started the last six games of the year at 3B. On 9/28 at Montreal, in the last game of the season, had 4 hits and 3 RBI. On 6/20 was promoted from Indy and that night at St. Louis made his Major League debut, went 1-for-3 with an RBI-infield single off Matt Morris in the sixth inning. When promoted on 6/20 took the roster spot of Bret Aaron, who two days earlier had been optioned to Indy, in a transaction believed to be the first involving brothers. After he returned to Indy on 6/26 hit .310 w/8HR & 31RBI in final 66 games. Expand