So the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot came out today and righty Mike Mussina made his first appearance. Mussina, who retired after the 2008 season, pitched for 18 seasons with the Orioles and Yankees and finished with a lifetime record of 270-153 and an ERA of 3.68.
Some more Mussina cool facts:
- He was a five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove Award winner who pitched his entire career in the American League East. Even more impressive was that he did this during "steroid era." Mussina was able to win at least 15 games in 11 seasons.
- He finished in this top five in voting for the AL Cy Young Award six times. He finished second behind Pedro Martinez in 1999. His 270 wins are tied with Burleigh Grimes for 33rd place on baseball's all-time list, and he retired as the oldest pitcher to record a 20-win season for the first time (2008).
- Only five pitchers in the game's history have had as many wins as Mussina while matching his .638 career winning percentage: Grover Cleveland Alexander, Christy Mathewson, Roger Clemens, Lefty Grove and Randy Johnson.
Mussina probably won't make it in on his first ballot but he should make it eventually.