Moose In The Hall? Yes.
I know I’m a little late to jump into this discussion, but recently it was announced that Mike Mussina will be retiring from baseball at the age of 39, coming off arguably his best season (20-9, 200 IP, 3.37 ERA) in professional baseball. Right away, all the buzz about his decision was not so much focused on him leaving the game, but whether or not he is Hall of Fame-worthy. Before I put my two cents in, here’s a look at some of Moose’s career stats that may be vital for his Hall bid in the future:
Looking at those stats, Mussina is what I would consider a borderline HOF case. He has a lot of wins, but not quite 300…a lot of strike outs, but not quite 3,000…a good career ERA, but not quite dominant. However, if I could cast a vote, I would put Moose in the Hall based on one key area: winning percentage. That 270-153 record translates into a .368 winning %, which, at least in my opinion, is quite remarkable. Of course, many of you out there will point out that his W-L totals were inflated by playing for the Yankees for so many years, but even when you look back to Moose’s days in Baltimore, he just didn’t loose many games.
In borderline cases like these (as I can also see the case against Moose), what I like to think of is whether or not the Hall of Fame would somehow be cheapened or degraded if the player were let in. I don’t see that happening with Mike Mussina, as he has been a great MLB pitcher during the last decade and one that fans will remember for many years after he leaves the game.