Ballot Check-In #2

Another batch of votes has come into Ryan Thibodaux’s tracker, so it’s time for a check on the status of the 2017 Hall of Fame Ballot. As usual, I’m going to break this down into positives and negatives. Positives:  More votes for Moose: When we last checked in, Mike Mussina had flipped three 2016 no…

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Does Bud Selig’s HOF election portend a change in HOF voting?

Senseless to keep steroid guys out when the enablers are in Hall of Fame. I now will hold my nose and vote for players I believe cheated. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 4, 2016 The commissioner who oversaw baseball’s steroid era will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next summer. Players such as Barry Bonds,…

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Ballot Check-in 12/5: Positives and Negatives

It’s very, very early in the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot reveal process. Early enough that some of what we see we can’t get excited over. But that still leaves some things we can get excited about—and alternatively, some things we can be bummed about. So far, Ryan Thibodaux has collected 16 public and two anonymous…

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Finding New Votes for Mike Mussina

Last year, 309 out of 440 voters made their HOF votes public. Out of these, 149 (48.2%) voted for the full contingent of 10 candidates.  If Mike Mussina is going to continue to pick up momentum for election these are the voters to keep an eye on when they publish their ballots. Here’s a breakdown…

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2017 Hall of Fame Voting Preview: The Leftovers

In part 1 of our look at the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot, we focused on the newcomers to the ballot. In part 2, we’re going to look at the key players who return from the 2016 ballot. There are a number of players whose candidacies could shift—and by extension affect Mike Mussina‘s chances for…

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2017 Hall of Fame Voting Prediction: The Newcomers

Much like the day after Thanksgiving marks the time that a lot of people start thinking about Christmas, baseball’s awards season marks the time when we can officially start thinking about the HOF election. If history is our guide then Hall of Fame ballots will be in the mail next week. This will mark our fourth…

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Mussina’s First Postseason: 20 Years Ago

In 1996, 27-year-old Mike Mussina made his first postseason appearance with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles finished 88-74 and earned a Wild Card birth. They faced the top-seeded and defending AL-champion Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. Mussina was the best starter on the team. He led the team in ERA, wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, and pitching…

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Mussina Twitter Tidbits 

If you follow us on Twitter (like 600+ wise souls do) you’ll know that we often retweet interesting tidbits about Mike Mussina. If you don’t follow us or don’t use Twitter or can’t keep up with all the content on Twitter (and the repetitive ads that appear in the timeline) this post is for you. These…

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Mike Mussina vs. Ken Griffey Jr.

In a few days, Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Many flowery adjectives have been used to describe Griffey’s career since he retired in 2010, so I won’t waste time elaborating on his career in this space. If you are reading this, then hopefully you are familiar with who…

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Mike Piazza vs. Mike Mussina

Next Saturday Mike Piazza will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Congrats to Piazza on the much deserved capstone to his career. Like the annual games between the Mets and Yankees, the battles between Mike Mussina and Mike Piazza meant a great deal to New York baseball fans during the aughts. Mussina and Piazza…

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