“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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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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