Mike Mussina’s 2001 near-perfect game is better than 95% of the no-hitters you remember (including yesterday’s)

Yesterday afternoon, Edinson Volquez pitched the 294th no-hitter in MLB history. Volquez was masterful, facing the minimum 27 batters, as two double plays from Brandon Drury erased both of his walks. Volquez struck out 10 as his Marlins won 3-0. On September 2, 2001, Mike Mussina retired the first 26 Red Sox hitters he faced. The…

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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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“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 on Twitter

Twitter’s search function is awesome. It allows you to see what thousands of people around the world are saying about a specific person at any given time. About once every other day I type in “Mussina” and see what the Twitterverse is saying about our favorite player. Here are some highlights from the past two…

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Bill James says Mussina is the 11th best Big Game pitcher

Bill James wrote a massive series on Big Game pitchers. The articles are behind a pay wall, so what I know about them comes from other writers talking about his methodology and results. David Schoenfield says that James’ list of the 11 best Big Time pitchers in baseball since 1952 includes Mussina in the number…

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Looking Ahead

In my last post, I discussed how a backlog of players will prevent Mike Mussina’s Hall of Fame election this year, but how players leaving the ballot could clear the path. There’s a flip side, however: What about players entering the ballot? How likely are they to jump ahead of Mussina in line, and how…

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Mussina: The WAR-rior

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. Mussina’s 2001 season produced the highest pitching WAR in the AL…

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Bill James Projects Mussina (sans retirement)

I stumbled across a fun tool on espn.com today.  It’s called Career Assessments and allows you to project the rest of a player’s career.  Now this is obviously meaningless because Mussina retired.  But if you are very bored, as I was, you can project Mussina’s career had he chosen to make a run at 300 wins.  James…

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Three Quick Things About the Moose

Considering that Mussina retired 8 months ago is it too much to hope that his official website might be updated to reflect this? The site’s rather well designed front page still reads: As a starting pitcher with the New York Yankees, “Moose” has proven himself to be a committed and dedicated team leader.  With over…

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How Moose Got to Twenty: August

Posted by Rorschach Sorry about the lack of updates folks.  We promise to do better in the coming weeks. This is the third of a four part series looking back at Mike Mussina’s 2008 season. Part I: 2007, April and May Part II: June and July The dog days of August were the best days…

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