Mike Mussina's Decision to Come Next Week

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IOctober 29, 2008

New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina will likely make his decision on the future of his pitching career next week, as reported by ESPN.

Mussina, 39, began his pitching career for the Baltimore Orioles in 1991. He didn't complete a full season until 1992, when he put up an impressive 18-5 record with a 2.54 ERA.

Mussina excelled in Baltimore, earning himself five All-Star game elections and being in the top 10 for the Cy Young award five times. While wearing Oriole orange, Mussina went 147-81.

Mussina arrived in the Bronx in 2001. He won 17 games and dropped 11 with a 3.15 ERA during his first season as a Yankee. He also nearly pitched himself to perfection on Sept. 2, 2001 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

He was one strike away from perfection when Carl Everett sliced a bloop single into left field, denying Mussina of his gem. However, Mussina fanned 13 batters, walked none, and picked up a win as the Yankees beat the Red Sox by a score of 1-0.

He also played in his first ever World Series in 2001, which is sometimes looked at as the greatest World Series ever played, due to the tragedy the U.S. faced in September of 2001. Mussina pitched in games one and five of the fall classic, but it was not meant to be as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Yankees in seven games.

Among his other personal accomplishments, Mussina is a six-time gold glove winner and has led the American League in wins, games started, innings pitched, and shutouts in a season.

In addition to his league-leading stats, Mussina won 20 games in a season in 2008, notching the win against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sept. 28. He is the oldest pitcher to get his first 20-win season.

With the Yankees, he is 123-72, and he is 270-153 in his career, being only 30 wins shy of joining the 300 wins club. With his numbers in place, Mussina will keep the Yankee fans on pins and needles until he makes his decision next week. Will he hang up his spikes or make a run at 300?