It’s been four seasons since Mike Mussina retired and pretty soon there is going to be a lot of talk about him getting into the Hall of Fame. It might not seem like it, but he’s got a pretty solid case too. When he was healthy there weren’t many pitchers better than him and considering the fact that he pitched through the entirety of the steroid-era that’s a pretty big accomplishment. When he won 20 games in 2008 he might have locked up a spot in Cooperstown.
The biggest decision could be which cap he wears on his plaque, an interlocking N-Y for the Yankees or black and orange for the Orioles. Which would Mussina prefer? He isn’t quite sure.
“I don’t think I get to choose,” Mussina told Roch Kubatko of MASN. “If I got to choose? That’s a tough question, because my career obviously is pretty evenly split between both places. You eliminate one and it changes everything about what I was able to do. I accomplished a lot of things here, I accomplished a lot of things in New York. I can’t stand here and say it’s one over the other.
“Baltimore people want me to say Baltimore, New York people want me to say New York. When I was here, I loved being here, and there’s nothing else I can say about it. This was the only place I had known for the first 10 years of my career and it was a great place to play and it was tough to leave when I had to go.”
Thanks for being nice to Yankees fans Mike, but in reality it doesn’t seem like he has much of a chance of going into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee.
I mean with the Yankees he wasn’t elected to one All-Star team, he never finished better than fifth in the Cy Young voting. His ERA+ was 114 compared to 130 with the Orioles. He did win 20 games with the Yankees, but he never won a World Series. Most Yankees fans probably don’t even realize how good his Hall of Fame credentials really are.
Meanwhile, he made five All-Star teams with the Orioles. He finished in the top five in Cy Young voting five times and finished sixth twice. That’s dominance over a 10 year period.
Take a look at the stats decide for yourself. Should Mussina go into the Hall as a Yankee or an Oriole.
Here are his numbers with the Orioles:
|BAL (10 yrs)||147||81||3.53||288||45||15||2009.2||130||1.175||8.5||0.9||2.1||6.9||3.29|
Here are his numbers with the Yankees:
|NYY (8 yrs)||123||72||3.88||249||12||8||1553.0||114||1.212||9.1||1.0||1.8||7.4||4.02|