2018 Hall of Fame Ballot Preview: Mussina

We’ve looked at the leftovers on the 2018 ballot and the newcomers. Today’s column is about the namesake of this website: Mike Mussina. Last season Mike Mussina earned 51.8% of the vote, a total that for the second straight year increased substantially from the prior season’s total of 43%. According to the invaluable HOF ballot…

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2018 Hall of Fame Ballot: The Newcomers

It’s that time of year again. The Baseball Hall of Fame ballots are out, and over the next six weeks, we’re going to get a constant stream of updates on players. With that in mind, it’s time to take our own look at the 2018 ballot, and offer some predictions. We’re going to break this…

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2018 Hall of Fame Ballot: The Leftovers

It’s that time of year again. The Baseball Hall of Fame ballots are out, and over the next six weeks, we’re going to get a constant stream of updates on players. With that in mind, it’s time to take our own look at the 2018 ballot, and offer some predictions. We’re going to break this…

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A Mussina HOF Glossary

With Hall of Fame Balloting season upon us, we’re going to emerge from our 10 month slumber and make some posts as we continue towards our goal of getting Mike Mussina elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Most of the posts we’re going make will be ones analyzing the incoming ballots from voters, which…

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It’s HOF ballot season!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: HOF ballot tracking season! Today, MLB and the BBWAA released the 2018 HOF ballot. It includes top new candidates Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, and Omar Vizquel. There are 16 other newcomers, including Johnny Damon, Andruw Jones, Scott Rolen, and Johan Santana, who will likely gain some support…

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Ivan Rodriguez vs. Mike Mussina

Ivan Rodriguez faced more than 300 pitchers during his HOF career. The only pitcher he faced more often than Mike Mussina, was Randy Johnson. Mussina and Rodriguez were teammates for two months at the end of the 2008 season. Rodriguez was dealt to the Yankees on July 31st that summer. Rodriguez never caught Mussina though.…

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Mike Mussina vs. Tim Raines

Tim Raines finally got the call that he deserved. After 10 years of waiting, voters elected Raines to the HOF in January. On Saturday he will formally join the 252-player fraternity of Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Raines’ candidacy was a lightning rod for debate among stagnant baseball minds and those who value newer tools used to…

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Mike Mussina vs. Jeff Bagwell

Jeff Bagwell will get his day in Cooperstown next month. The former Astros first baseman had a magnificent career that demonstrated his abilities as an exceptional hitter, fielder, and baserunner. Bagwell spent his entire career in the National League, and therefore only had one opportunity to face Mike Mussina. It came on June 10th, 2003 when…

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Mike Mussina and the 1990 MLB Draft

The MLB draft kicked off yesterday with the Minnesota Twins selecting California high schooler Royce Lewis first overall. Over the next couple days the 2017 MLB draft will continue for more than 40 rounds. Back in 1990, Mike Mussina had just finished his third year at Stanford where he had pitched to a 14-5 record…

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Mike Mussina’s 2001 near-perfect game is better than 95% of the no-hitters you remember (including yesterday’s)

Yesterday afternoon, Edinson Volquez pitched the 294th no-hitter in MLB history. Volquez was masterful, facing the minimum 27 batters, as two double plays from Brandon Drury erased both of his walks. Volquez struck out 10 as his Marlins won 3-0. On September 2, 2001, Mike Mussina retired the first 26 Red Sox hitters he faced. The…

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