The Case for Mussina

This page chronicles Mike Mussina’s case for the Hall of Fame. It includes most of the articles we’ve written which directly address his candidacy. For reference you may want to familiarize yourself with Mussina’s career statistics at his baseball-reference page and at fangraphs.

Just the Facts

“Isn’t this the primary job of a starting pitcher? Winning a game? Well, Mike Mussina has done that quite often. Often enough to put him in the Hall of Fame. His current win total…”

Mussina: The WAR-ior

Thank God for advanced statistics. One of our first articles concerned Mussina’s rightful claim to the 2001 AL Cy Young Award.  The stats now prove it. WAR–or Wins Above Replacement–calculates how many more wins a player was worth compared to the same replacement-level player.

Why Mussina was the 2001 AL Cy Young Award Winner

The immortal Roger Clemens won the 2001 American League Cy Young. The Rocket racketed up a 20 and 3 record and won a record 20 decisions in a row. With impressive credentials like that it’s not surprising voters awarded him his 6th Cy Young Award. However we here at the Official Mike Mussina Hall of Fame Campaign page have discovered irrefutable evidence that Mussina out-pitched Clemens decisively in 2001.

Playoff Dominance

One of the most criticized aspect of Mike Mussina’s legendary career was his alleged “inability” to perform at a high level in the postseason. We at The Official Mike Mussina Hall of Fame Campaign Page are outraged at this perception, and will offer concrete evidence to prove otherwise.

300 or 3,000?

For pitchers, there are two benchmarks that seem to merit entry into the Hall of Fame: 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts.


Mussina and Jack Morris

If you think Jack Morris is a hall of fame pitcher, then Mike Mussina should be in too. Here’s why. This article has sections for the traditional crowd and the sabermetric crowed.

If He’s in Then Don’t They Have to be in too? Part I
If He’s in Then Don’t They Have to be in too? Part II
If He’s in Then Don’t They Have to be in too? Part III

Here we cover the debates about other Hall of Fame worthy (or not) pitchers like Jim Kaat, Tommy John and Bert Blyleven and how that relates to Mussina’s candidacy.

Mussina and Schilling – A fascinating duel for the Hall

Recently, Curt Schilling underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder. While it’s not a given that he’ll retire, speculation is rampant that he’s thrown his last pitch. When Jayson Stark of ESPN held a debate on Schilling’s Hall of Fame chances, three different users brought up Mike Mussina in their questions. With this is mind, it’s time we compare the careers and legacies of the two men.

Juan Marichal, Mussina and the Death of the Complete Game

According to the amazing software at Mike Mussina’s most similiar pitcher for his career is Juan Marichal.  Marichal is a Hall of Famer; inducted in 1983, eight years after retiring.  During his 16 year ML career Marichal won 243 games.  However his case for induction is really based…

Important Career Notes

Almost Perfect

“Ask yourself: What would it feel like to come so close to perfection, only to fall just short? Then ask yourself what it would feel like to have that happen twice? That is a pain Mike Mussina knows of first hand. On May 30, 1997, Mussina, then…”

No 20? Don’t hate the player, hate the game (and the strike)

Written before Mussina’s run at the end of the 2008 season, this articles examines how Mussina missed out on a 20 win season in 1994 and 1995 because of the player’s strike.

How Mussina almost, shoulda, nearly won 20 games in 1996

Why Mussina was “The Man” in Baltimore

Where have you gone, Bret Saberhagen?

There’s been a lot of type on this site devoted to dispelling the notions of 20-win seasons and World Series glory somehow standing in between Mike Mussina and the Hall of Fame. We have instead argued on behalf of Mussina’s durability and consistency. Until this point, it had mostly been hypothetical, abstract, arguments. Today, we offer you concrete evidence, in the form of Bret Saberhagen.

Mussina is a True Yankee

This shouldn’t even be a debate.

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