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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Mussina Twitter Tidbits III & Mussina Links

This is our third column that documents Mike Mussina factoids we’ve found on Twitter. Previous versions here and here. Every so often a baseball fan or writer will tweet something interesting or insightful about our favourite Pennsylvania native. Sometimes they link to an old column about Moose or a current player accomplishes a feat that…

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Guest Post: Joe Sheehan

This post is one I’ve been hoping to make for a few years now. Ryan and I have spent nearly a decade trying to convince you that Mike Mussina should be in the Hall of Fame. We’ve made nearly every argument we can think of, which is why this site now mostly focuses on the…

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Final 2017 Voting Data and Mussina Links

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) published a few dozen additional ballots on their website late last week, while a few other writers announced who they voted for once the results were public. The ever resourceful Ryan Thibodaux collected all the info on his website. There are a few points to make from this data.…

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HOF Reflections: Unanswered Questions for Mussina

We’ve had a few days to digest the 2017 HOF results and our GoDaddy servers stayed online despite the traffic increase (thanks everyone). While it’s great to celebrate Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez and wonder if Larry Walker will ever get the respect he deserves, this website is about the man who finished…

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