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 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: Strikeout Artist

Mussina isn’t exactly remembered for his ability to strike out hitters. Instead, he’s often thought of as a cerebral pitcher who pitched with craftiness and guile. While some of this sentiment is true, it misses the fact that Mussina was actually a hell of a strikeout pitcher. One of the best of all-time actually. Let’s take…

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When Will Mike Mussina be Elected?

Ryan and I are going to try something new on the site. Rather than writing stand-alone articles, we’re going to try debating a topic. We often chime in on each other’s pieces anyway, so this will be a chance for us to approach things and present arguments from all sides. Now, we’re not going to…

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Mussina Can’t Get Relief

So the other day, I was thinking about the Hall of Fame voting results, and how Mike Mussina‘s still not getting the support we think he deserves while lesser candidates have earned a higher percentage of votes (or been elected.) Of course, I feel this way every time Mussina’s not elected to the Hall of…

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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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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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