Evaluating Mike Mussina’s Hall of Fame case

Mike Mussina: 270-game winner, five-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glover. Hall of Famer? Over an 18-year career, Mussina was always one of the best pitchers in the league. He was never the best. Mussina never started the All-Star Game, and only had one 20-win season. The right-hander from rural Pennsylvania can list six top-five Cy Young finishes […]
Via Baseball Essential
13 days ago  |  Discuss

You too can be the 2004 Red Sox!

Or not. Just because all the other kids are doing it, let’s mention a few parallels between the 2015 Chicago Cubs and the 2004 Boston Red Sox... - trying to win a World Series for the first time in forever; - facing New Yorkers League Championship Series, down three games to one; - playing home games in beloved old-time ballpark; and - generally managed by Theo Epstein So a tremendous...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: October 15, 1997

The 86-75 Cleveland Indians punch their ticket to the World Series for the second straight season as they knock off the American League Wild Card 98-64 Baltimore Orioles, 1-0, in eleven innings at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The game was a tale of two uniquely different pitching performances from the starting pitchers on each side. Cleveland’s Charles Nagy threw seven and one...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Quiz: MLB pitchers with 100+ career postseason strikeouts

There are twelve pitchers with 100 or more career strikeouts in postseason play. Name them! Hint: Ten of the pitchers played in the 90's and 00's and the other two are still active.
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Not wasting one victory, the Yankees rival their owner in frugality

Somewhere within the Stygian darkness of the murky 1980s - the era of Human League, Wham and Huey Lewis & the News - the Yankees ended up with Phil Rizzuto in the WPIX booth, clinging to a distant hope that Jesse Barfield would return to his glory days of hitting. And whenever Jesse pounded a massive, sky-high pop-up into the stratosphere, The Scooter would exclaim how Jesse...
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Five Toughest Pitchers—According To David Ortiz

Pedro And PapiIn an article in Derek Jeter's The Players Tribune, David Ortiz lays out for us the five toughest pitchers he's ever faced. Not surprisingly, Pedro Martinez tops the list. After his good friend comes Yankee nemesis Mariano Rivera, followed by Mike Mussina, Sonny Gray and Miami's "hip-hop hurler" Carter Capps. Says Papi of Pedro, "Pedro’s changeup was the best I...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Interview With A Baltimore Orioles Fan, Not A Vampire

  In the Second Phase of The Age of The Internet, we have become hyper-connected through social media. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram allow us to force images of our homemade, artisanal pizza on our friends. We can passive-aggressively brag to our online community about what a gorgeous sunset it is we are experiencing right now. In short, it can be overwhelming at...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Buy Former Yankee Mike Mussina’s Florida Estate — $850,000

Former Yankee pitcher Mike Mussina is selling his lakeside Florida estate for a solid $850,000. So, if your a rich Yankee fan snow bird who might be moving to Florida, this is the perfect house for you! The features inside aren’t exactly dazzling. It’s basically just a normal house. No theaters, or bowling alleys, or basement bars or anything like that. Pretty boring if you...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Yankees:- Top 5 Starting Pitching Seasons Of The Last Decade

CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners on April 29, 2014 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Mandatory Credit:- Elsa/Getty Images) Thanks to their prodigious power and propensity for offensive prowess, the New York Yankees have earned themselves the moniker of “The Bronx Bombers.” In the...
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Hall of Fame Ballot – Marshall’s Picks

Another year, another class enshrined in Cooperstown. Usually, my first instinct is to bemoan those excluded and ***** for the trillionth time about how crooked the voting process is. While I still think that process needs to be dramatically overhauled (I say replace the baseball writers with former players, managers, coaches, executives, etc.), I have to admit this year’s class...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Hall of Fame Fallout

It’s that time of year again. With the annual MLB Hall of Fame voting only mere days behind us, you know darn well what this week’s piece is going to focus on. In fact, this special edition of the Wind Up is dedicated to discussing the 2015 MLB Hall of Fame vote. Let’s begin, shall we? First, the good news: pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz along with...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking ahead to the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Four players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, representing the largest class going into Cooperstown since 1955. Over the past two years, seven players have received the necessary 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), making up for the embarrassment of no players being elected in 2013. Looking good gentlemen, looking...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking ahead to the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Four players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, representing the largest class going into Cooperstown since 1955. Over the past two years, seven players have received the necessary 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), making up for the embarrassment of no players being elected in 2013. Looking good gentlemen, looking...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

On the 2015 Baseball Hall Of Fame Election

The Stephen Drew re-signing seems to be hanging over all our heads like a loose brick (Why, Brian? Why?) Until the Yankees actually confirm it, I'm not going to believe it. I'm going to focus, instead, on yesterday's Hall Of Fame announcement.Congratulations to the inductees: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and my birthday brother, Craig Biggio.  Eight former Yankees...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

My Hall of Fame Ballot and the Problems with the Voting Process

The Hall of Fame debate to me these days is less about who is deserving and more about why they should or shouldn’t be disqualified. For several years now, each new candidate comes with their own set of speculations as opposed to qualifications. Every candidate that played in the steroid era will always have suspicion or doubt cast upon them, warranted or not This is one of the...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Struggles of Selecting Hall of Famers

Year after year, the hall of fame election draws all sorts of debate and discussion.  The rules are terrible.  Someone sells their ballot to Deadspin.  Players who everyone thinks should be in are left out.  PEDs are discussed again.  It’s really a terrible time when it should be a great one. The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America holds a concurrent election...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Generous and forgiving IT IS HIGH readers would send the Big Unit and Pedro - two of the greatest Yankee killers of our era - to Cooperstown

"The voters have spoken... the bastards." - Legendary political plumber Dick Tuck - Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez are the top picks for Cooperstown, according to this blog's wise, all-knowing and truly forgiving readership. I lobbied for Mike Mussina, and always will push every button within reach for Donnie Baseball. But I cannot fault these selections. Bravo...
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

"Who's your Papi?" turns 10

Jorge CamargoContributing WriterPhoto by Jed Jacobsohn.October 18th, 2004. After a dramatic Game 4, the Red Sox and Yankees met again. It was also a win or go home situation for the Red Sox. The piching matchup was as great as the rivarly is, Pedro Martinez vs. Mike Mussina. In the first inning, David Ortiz drove in a run and the captain Jason Varitek walked with the bases loaded...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The Orioles Don’t Care About Our Expectations

In 2012, the Orioles — fresh off a losing streak dating back to the Cal Ripken / Mike Mussina / Davey Johnson squad of 1997 — shocked all of baseball by winning 93 games and the American League wild card game. Backed by what seemed like completely unsustainable one-run luck and with the knowledge that […]
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–June 27, 1992

1992: Kevin Appier outdueled Mike Mussina, while Brian McRae had two hits, scored one run, and drove in another as the Royals squeaked by the Orioles, 2-0, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.Appier pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while picking up two strikeouts. He reduced his season ERA to 2.35. Baltimore had a leadoff man on base in six different...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Did Brian McCann just have his Giambi moment as a Yankee?

May 17, 2002, was a Friday night when Mustang, Moose and I cruised bar-to-bar across Syracuse, monitoring the Yankees on overhead TVs. They played the Twins, THE power of the AL Central, with Torii Hunter in CF and an emerging DH named David Ortiz. The Twinkies cuffed around Mike Mussina and devoured our bullpen - Mariano pitched two - and the game was tied after nine. In the 14th...

Five Incredibly Awesome Things the 2014 Red Sox Can Still Do

Okay, so this season isn’t quite living up to some people’s expectations. In fact, in many ways, we’ve fallen through a hole in the time/space continuum (which is easily accessed behind The Pour House on Boylston) and landed in the season we thought we’d be getting last year. But with three World Series titles in the last decade under our belts, I just can’t hate on the...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer is good

Elias:Max Scherzer is the first AL pitcher since Mike Mussina in 2003 with at least 60 K's and an ERA below 2.00 through his first 7 starts. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 6, 2014
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History: April 5, 2001

2001: Paul O’Neill’s first-inning home run was the only run Mike Mussina needed, as the Yankees downed the Royals 1-0 at Yankee Stadium in New York. O’Neill homered off Royal starter Dan Reichert with two outs in the first. Reichert was solid except for that one mistake, as he pitched six innings and allowed only four hits and three walks while striking out three. Reliever...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History: April 4, 1994

1994: The Royals committed three errors and could only muster five hits as they dropped a 6-3 Opening Day decision to Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Starter Kevin Appier allowed a home run to the second batter he faced, Mike Deveraux. Appier was not sharp, as he allowed seven hits and two walks in five innings while picking up four strikeouts. But he left the game with...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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