BALTIMORE, :  Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina throws to home plate in the first inning 15 October during game six of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Indians lead the series 3-2.    AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Ballot Check-in 12/30: Mussmentum

I’ve wanted to use the phrase Mussmentum for seven years. This week finally made it possible. The past nine days have been stellar for Mike Mussina‘s Hall of Fame candidacy. Since last Monday, 38 new HOF votes have become public. Mike Mussina found himself on 25 of those ballots. He has been named on 57.8%…

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Ballot check-in 12/21: The Voters Awaken

The vote totals in this post are current as of 1:30 p.m. on December 21st. The number of public votes for the Hall of Fame nearly doubled over the past seven days. According to Ryan Thibs’ HOFTracker there are now 82 public ballots. Mike Mussina has been named on 44 of them (53.7%). Mussina has…

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Ballot check-in 12/14: Purging Away

Another week, another 14 publicly available Hall of Fame Ballots. Mussina appeared on four of those ballots, a number that decreases his vote total to 50%. Mussina has now picked up six votes this year, Tim Colinshaw and Tom Dienhart joined this week, and has lost one voter who previously voted for him (Steve Simmons).…

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Weekly Ballot Check-in (12/7)

Okay folks, it’s time to debut a new feature on this site: the Weekly Ballot Check-in. For those of you who don’t know, Ryan Thibs has spent several years collecting and adding up the votes given to players on public ballots, and tracking it on a spreadsheet. This year’s effort can be found here at…

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Baseball’s Hall of Fame Class of 2016: A Look Ahead

Induction weekend in Cooperstown has concluded. The class of 2016 is now on the clock. Baseball Reference already has the potential 2016 ballot listed on their site. The major new additions to the ballot, in order of their total career WAR, are Ken Griffey Jr. Jim Edmonds, Jason Kendall, and Trevor Hoffman. I don’t think…

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John Smoltz vs. Mike Mussina

It’s late July in Cooperstown, which must mean another star pitcher from the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s is about to be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. This year it’s John Smoltz who played in Atlanta for 20 years. Like our Mike Mussina vs. Tom Glavine article from last summer, a comparison of…

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“Deserves Got Nothing to Do With It”

Ryan made a fantastic John Smoltz vs. Mike Mussina post yesterday comparing Mike Mussina’s career with John Smoltz’s. And as you’ll see from the post, Mussina comes out ahead. This isn’t the first time—and it may not be the last, that we’ve compared  Mussina’s career to that of a (relative) contemporary whose Hall of Fame support…

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Mike Mussina vs. Craig Biggio

It’s hall of fame week! On Sunday, the HOF will welcome four new members to its illustrious membership (though our beloved M. Mussina is not among them…this year). The only hitter in this year’s class is Craig Biggio. Biggio faced off against Mussina for only one game during their long careers. This is due to…

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Improving the Hall of Fame ballot

As we reflect back on Mike Mussina going 0-for-2 in his Hall of Fame quest, it’s natural to start wondering if the system is broken. It’s not that we like pointing fingers but, after reading so many “I would vote for Mussina in 2014 but…”, it’s clear the system has issues. So how would I…

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The Good, the Bad, and the Frustrating

Let’s get right to the meat here: Mike Mussina was not elected to the Hall of Fame this year. While this is disappointing, we knew it was going to happen folks, and so there’s no sense raging. Instead, let’s analyze what went down by breaking the results into three categories. The Good 1. Mussina picked…

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