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Was Mike Mussina better than Derek Jeter?

If you are a baseball fan, you’ve probably seen Keith Olbermann’s tangent against Derek Jeter. Olbermann delivered an opinion piece on his ESPN2 show last week and it has gone viral in a big way. Some of this is because of the backlash against  the amount of attention the Yankees and MLB are giving to…

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Mike Mussina vs. Tom Glavine: Who had the better career?

Tom Glavine will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. He’ll walk into the hall having received more than 90% of the vote during his first year of eligibility. There’s really no doubt that Glavine’s career qualifies him as an all-time great. But if Glavine is a first ballot hall of famer, than…

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Mike Mussina vs. Frank Thomas

Soon to be Baseball Hall of Famer, Frank Thomas played in the Major Leagues for 19 seasons and accumulated 10,075 plate appearances in 2,322 games. In all those seasons he faced no pitcher more often than he faced our beloved Mike Mussina. From 1990-2008, Thomas and Mussina faced each other 96 times. Here is Thomas’s…

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Mussina’s 1987 Scouting Report from High School

I wanted to post this last month to coincide with the date of the report, but got too busy and forgot about it. Twenty-seven years ago this week Bill Blitzer, a scout for the Chicago Cubs, who covered for the northeast portion of the country, reported back to his bosses about a young Pennsylvanian right-hander…

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Methods of Measurement

One of the trickiest parts of trying to figure out if a guy is a Hall of Famer is trying to figure out what exactly is it we’re arguing about. Most people agree that the Hall of Fame is for the best of the best. But what exactly does that mean? Are we assessing the…

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Yankees Look Back at Mussina’s 2008 season

The Yankees and MLB produce a web series known as “Standout Seasons.” A few days ago they chronicled Mussina’s 2008 campaign. The video is about six and a half minutes long and does a solid job chronicling Mike Mussina’s final season. I had not seen a lot of these highlights since 2008 and they bring…

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Get Busy Living, or Get Busy Dying

One of the themes of this site is the phenomenon of the crowded ballot due to a 10-vote limit. This is because it is a very real, and significant, issue in the Hall of Fame candidacy of Mike Mussina. Right now, much of the outrage over the 10-vote limit is focused on two things: 1)…

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Better Know a HOF Voter: Lynn Henning

This is part three in or 650 or so part series on the men and women tasked with electing baseball players to the Hall of Fame. Information in these posts may not be complete. What good information you will find in these posts would not be possible without the amazing work of Ryan Thibbs at www.bbhoftracker.com.…

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Better Know a HOF Voter: Scott Miller

This is part two in our 725 or so part series on the men and women tasked with electing baseball players to the Hall of Fame. Information in these posts may not be complete. What good information you will find in these posts would not be possible without the amazing work of Ryan Thibbs at www.bbhoftracker.com.…

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A Lengthy Jack Morris Post

So, there’s been a lot written about Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame candidacy. Whether or not you think Jack Morris is deserving of the Hall of Fame, what I aim to do in this post is to point out that Mike Mussina was clearly a better pitcher. Why? Because hopefully, someday, a writer with a…

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