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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The Long Road Ahead

First off, congratulations to Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz on their election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. They are all worthy of induction. Despite having the fifth highest WAR among eligible players, voters only named Mike Mussina on 24.6% of their ballots. This gave him the 14th highest vote total.…

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Course Correction

I’m going to start this column with something mildly controversial, but I ask that you bear with me through the first couple paragraphs, because I swear, I’ll explain myself: I’m no longer interested in Mike Mussina’s career. Admittedly, this is a strange position to take, considering I co-founded a site dedicated to getting Mussina elected…

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