I live in Williamsport, know the Mussina family, and have eaten at the same table as Mike on a couple occasions. He is NOT that good. He will not make the HOF and doesn't deserve it.
If he wanted the HOF, he shouldn't have retired. He did so because of several factors, stated and unstated. Interesting that, since he's retired, nothing will likely be done about his usage of performance enhancers. His numbers do not warrant HOF status.
Should Mike Mussina be in the HOF?
Not at all.
0 Cy Youngs
0 perfect games
0 World Series Titles
He played 18 years, 10 with Baltimore and eight with New York. Ironically, the New York Yankees started out as the Baltimore Orioles.
During his time with the Birds:
(on a team that was an OK team except for ‘91 and 2000, the first and last years he was with them)
MVP voting twice
Cy Young voting 7 of 10 years
Lowest Team ERA 8 of 10 years
Average an 18% share of his team’s wins
During his time with the Yanks:
Never made the All-Star team
MVP and Cy Young voting only one year (2008)
Lowest Team ERA 4 of 8 years
Only one year had 18% share of his team’s wins (in 2008)
The biggest thing I noticed was the fact that his completed games dropped off significantly during his time with the Yankees as did quality starts, but his innings per year didn’t. He started more games, but won less.
He won more than 50 percent of the games he started in Baltimore, but less than 50 percent in New York. Even with a better team, better pitching staff, and a much better General Manager, Mussina did not fair as well as he did with the Orioles.
Mussina averaged a win less per year with the Orioles, but almost a three percent share of wins more. The Yanks averaged 32 games above .500 when Moose played with them, but when he played with the Orioles, they averaged three games above .500.
When you look at his postseason numbers, it’s more clear why Mussina is not a Hall of Famer. He can’t win when it counts—the postseason. He’s two games over .500 in the postseason and fared the same no matter which team he played for.
He played in an era where 250 wins weren’t as important a milestone as 300 wins were. He played in an era where performance enhancers ran rampant. I have been saying for a long while that players need to prove they were clean since most are hiding behind the MLBPA and not speaking up about what went on.
Especially when you play on teams that had so many PROVEN users, it’s not hard to speculate that Mussina could have pitched 200 innings per year due to a little “boost.”
When Mussina left the Orioles they sucked bad, but before that they were a decent team. He never had "Ace" numbers and had an excellent closing staff at New York. This one, to me, is a no brainer—no HOF for Moose.