Mike Mussina was already acknowledged as one of many best pitchers in Orioles historical past. Now, he’s been enshrined as one of many best pitchers in baseball historical past.
In his sixth 12 months of eligibility, Mussina acquired 76.7% of the vote, barely surpassing the required 75% mark by simply seven votes. He’ll be inducted this summer season together with Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith, Harold Baines, and the late Roy Halladay.
Over the course of his 18-year profession, Mussina compiled 270 wins to go towards simply 153 losses. He had a 3.68 ERA and struck out 2,813 hitters, the 20th most in baseball historical past. He additionally was an American League All-Star 5 instances and gained seven Gold Gloves.
Mussina’s profession in some ways may be described as “shut, however no cigar.” He threw a number of one-hit, no-walk shutouts with the Orioles, together with towards the Indians when he threw 8⅓ excellent innings earlier than permitting a single. He additionally was one pitch away with the Yankees towards the Purple Sox earlier than Carl Everett singled with two outs and two strikes within the ninth inning.
He reached two World Collection, each in New York, however misplaced each instances. He completed 2nd in Cy Younger voting in 1999, and would have been deserving if Pedro Martinez hadn’t had an all-time traditionally nice season. He completed simply 30 wins shy of 300 for his profession, and it took him practically 20 years to succeed in 20 wins in a season, lastly hitting the milestone in 2008.
Lastly, with solely 4 years remaining on the poll, he made the Corridor of Fame. This time, he didn’t fall brief.
Mussina’s Corridor of Fame case has been boosted by the rise of sabermetrics, By WAR, he was an apparent choice.
Mike Mussina heading to Cooperstown. Just one HOF eligible pitcher has a better profession WAR than Mike Mussina’s 83.0 (that pitcher is the polarizing Roger Clemens). Mussina’s WAR is larger than Nolan Ryan (81.8) and Tom Glavine (80.8), who’re each within the Corridor. #orioles #yankees
— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) January 22, 2019
His numbers doubtless would have regarded even higher with extra favorable circumstances. Mussina spent his complete profession within the vaunted American League East, a division full of massive bats and hitter-friendly ballparks.
He all spent the majority of his profession pitching in what has since develop into generally known as the Steroid Period, an apparent detriment to his general pitching stats.
Former gamers have congratulated Mussina and praised each his uncooked stuff and his off-the-charts baseball IQ. Stuff, plus smarts, plus sturdiness meant he was the overall bundle.
Mussina was at all times destined to be an Oriole as Baltimore drafted him twice. In 1987, they took him within the eleventh spherical earlier than the pitcher elected to go to school. In 1990, after his junior season, they took him within the first spherical.
The beginning pitcher affectionately known as “Moose” spent a decade in Baltimore earlier than taking part in the ultimate eight seasons of his profession in New York. Due to this, a debate has raged on for years about which cap he would put on ought to he ever be elected into the Corridor of Fame.
Beforehand, the participant himself was ready to decide on. These days, the Corridor makes the decision. For some, nonetheless, the reply is clear.
Mussina with O’s: extra wins, higher successful pct, extra Ks, extra WAR, higher ERA, higher ERA-plus, extra Cy Younger votes, EVERY All-Star look, extra GGs. This isn’t an in depth name.
— Justin McGuire (@JMcGuireMLB) January 23, 2019
Mussina lastly grew to become a 20-game winner with the Yankees, and was clearly rather more seen taking part in for the largest franchise within the sport. That stated, he made a a lot bigger influence in Baltimore, each in statistics, and in stature.
When Orioles followers level to the group’s depressing monitor document making an attempt to develop homegrown beginning pitchers, they usually level to Mussina because the final success story. The truth that their most up-to-date win in pitcher improvement is now within the Corridor of Fame is a tricky search for a franchise that when began 4 20-game winners in the identical rotation.
If he does go in as an Oriole, Mussina will develop into the seventh member to put on the Baltimore cap, becoming a member of Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr. and supervisor Earl Weaver.
Mussina is in a novel spot in Orioles historical past, as most of the Corridor of Famers from Baltimore are considered Orioles via and thru. None of Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver ever wore one other uniform.
“Moose” famously spurned the Orioles to affix their bitter rivals when he signed with the Yankees, although it’s arduous guilty him for taking probably the most cash supplied. When requested on MLB Community after the election announcement, Mussina was very appreciative in direction of each ballclubs and credit each organizations for getting him up to now.
It’s a barely difficult historical past, however one which has largely been forgiven with time. When the announcement was made, the consensus response on Twitter in Birdland was that of pleasure for Mussina.
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