From SABR member Jen Mac Ramos at Beyond the Box Score on December 19, 2013:
When you look through the 1990s and 2000s pitching leaderboards, there are names that will stand out:, , , , , , , and so on. To a baseball fan, a lot of these names just scream “Hall of Famer.” name doesn’t necessarily evoke the same reaction, but it should.
Mussina spent all of his career pitching in the AL East: 1991-2000 for the, then 2001-2008 for the Yankees. If you look at his basic statistics throughout his career, they might not seem like something that stands out. A 3.68 ERA, 1.192 WHIP, and 270-153 W-L record. That’s not mediocre by any means, but he’s no Clemens or Johnson. But who expects everyone to be on that level? (No one, really; that’s rhetorical.)
What’s not seen on the surface of his statistics is Mussina’s consistency and well-above-average performance throughout the years. He put up 10 five-plus fWAR seasons and two four-plus fWAR seasons over 18 years, which is quite a feat in an offense-heavy division and an overlap with the steroid era.
Read the full article here: http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2013/12/19/5225198/mike-mussina-2014-hall-of-fame-argument
Originally published: December 19, 2013. Last Updated: December 19, 2013.