Mike Mussina...why did he retire?
He had just had a 20-win season, he was 30 career wins from 300, and he had 2,813 strikeouts. A couple more years, and he'd be a shoo-in to the Hall of Fame. And anyway, he wasn't even 40 years old.
"I don't think there ever will be a point when I look around and say, 'You know what? I'm going to change my mind,'" Mussina said Nov. 20 in a conference call to discuss his retirement. He's not coming back.
Why Moose retired:
"I didn't want to be one of those guys that bounces all over the place," Mussina said. "That's not how I feel about the game. If I can't contribute at the level I want to contribute at, then someone else should be doing it."
He figured he could only win about 10 games a year. And he could have been right.
"I'm just proud that the Yankees asked me to come in and do a job for them, and I was able to do it."
Moose is happy with his career and, "happy to have some free time to enjoy."
And lets face it; the man a heck of a career. Most likely, a hall of fame career.
Will the Yankees survive?
Of course. If they make all the great signings they want to make, they'll have a great rotation, even without the Moose.
But he may not be in retirement too long.
I think he will be a coach of some sort very soon for his beloved Yankees.
"It was a great pleasure playing against—and even more so—with Mike Mussina since I entered the league in 1995," Derek Jeter said of the Moose. "He was a true professional both on and off the field. Moose's accomplishments in the game over the last 18 years represent a Hall of Fame player."
I think Mike Mussina liked hearing this quote.