Dennis Rasmussen pitched for 12 years in the majors, breaking in with the San Diego Padres in 1983 and finishing with the Kansas City Royals in 1995. In between, he posted six double-digit win seasons, including going 18-6 for the New York Yankees in 1986. He won 13 games the next year, which he split between New York and Cincinnati. He won 16 games in 1988, which again saw him traded midseason. This time he went from the Reds to the San Diego Padres. Rasmussen won 14 games in 20 starts and had a 2.55 ERA for the Padres that year. While it was not a complete season, it was the most impressive run of his career. He won 10 games for San Diego the next year and 11 in 1990. He lost 13 games, despite a decent 3.74 ERA, in 1991, which was his last as a full-time starter. He went on to pitch for the Chicago Cubs before joining the Royals for the final three years of his career. In 256 games, Rasmussen posted a 91-77 record with a 4.15 ERA.
Rasmussen earned his first career win on May 23, 1984, at the Kingdome in Seattle. He was pitching for the Yankees, in his first start of the season, and threw eight innings of shutout baseball to lead New York to a 3-0 victory.
Dennis Rasmussen – career stats