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Mike Mussina

Mike Mussina

Position(s):
P
Nicknames:
Moose
Born:
December 8, 1968
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
185 lbs
Major League Debut:
8-04-1991 with BAL
Allstar Selections:
1996 GG, 1997 GG, 1998 GG, 1999 GG, 2001 GG, 2003 GG, 2008 GG

Intro

During the 1990s, Mike Mussina was one of the best pitchers in the American League, winning often for the Orioles with his excellent command and wicked slider. His winning percentage is one of the best in baseball history, and the righty excelled in the post-season, setting an ALCS record with 15 strikeouts in one game. In 2001, he joined the Yankees as a free agent, winning at least 17 games his first three years in the Bronx, to go along with four such seasons with Baltimore.

Unform Number

#42, #35

 

Best Season

In the season of "The Strike," Mussina threw lots of them. He walked just 42 batters in 176 innings, striking out 99. He posted a 3.06 ERA, and allowed opposing hitters to bat just .248 against him. His record was 16-5 in 24 starts. Had the season finished he likely would have had his first 20-win season.

Factoid 1

The only relief appearance in Mike Mussina's career came in Game Seven of the 2003 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox.

Transition

June 4, 1990: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 1990 amateur draft. October 27, 2000: Granted Free Agency. November 30, 2000: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.

Strengths

His control and his calmness under pressure.

Milestones

Mussina earned his 200th career victory on April 11, 2004, against the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Three days later, teammate Kevin Brown won his 200th game.

Notes

On August 27, 2007, after his third straight dreadful start, Mussina was taken out of the rotation by Yankees manager Joe Torre. "I've been pitching a long time," Mussina said. "My job has been an important one for a long time. To deal with the last two weeks of my pitching and then this change, it's new. It's something I've never had to deal with. Hopefully it'll make me a better player."

External Links:

References

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  2. ^ Smith, Chris, "Be Like Mike (Mussina)", New York Magazine, November 5, 2001
  3. ^ Barra, Allen, "Mike Mussina, Businesslike Baseball Great", Wall Street Journal, November 25, 2008
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  7. ^ "Box score: Baltimore Orioles 4, California Angels 2 (September 6, 1995)". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
  8. ^ "Absolutely no way - Mussina says he is resigned to free agency", CNNSI.com, July 26, 2000. Retrieved December 16, 2006
  9. ^ "Mussina, Yankees agree on six-year, $88.5M deal", ESPN, November 29, 2006
  10. ^ AP, "Mussina outpitches Willis, Damon drives in both Yanks' runs", ESPN.com, June 25, 2006
  11. ^ Feinsand, Mark, "Yankees bring back Mussina: Right-hander agrees to two-year, $23 million deal", MLB.com, November 20, 2006
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  13. ^ Kepner, Tyler, "The Yankees Rebound, but Damon Falls to the Side", The New York Times, July 6, 2006
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  17. ^ Mike Mussina announces his retirement
  18. ^ Photo Gallery
  19. ^ Girardi: Yankees expecting Mussina to retire
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  21. ^ "Box score: Baltimore Orioles 3, Cleveland Indians 0 (May 30, 1997)". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
  22. ^ "Box score: Baltimore Orioles 4, Detroit Tigers 0 (August 4, 1998)". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
  23. ^ "Box score: New York Yankees 1, Boston Red Sox 0 (September 2, 2001)". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
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  30. ^ Hall spot for Moose? Era, as much as ERA, may help sway
  31. ^ AP, "No Celebrity Status: Mussina just another face in his hometown ", October 26, 2001
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  34. ^ Blum, Ron (2006-03-02). "Will Baseball Tournament Be a Classic?". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  35. ^ Wordplay at the Internet Movie Database
  36. ^ Wolf, Buck (2005-06-15). "'Wordplay' De-nerds Crossword Craze". ABC News. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
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