SoDo Mojo’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series, Part 2

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 2: Edgar Martinez
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Ballot Choice #3: Mike Mussina

I agree with Colby’s assessment that Mussina suffers from underrated-itis. He never pitched fewer than 152 innings outside of his rookie campaign (are you reading this, James Paxton?), and notched double-digit wins every full year he played. His career culminated with his only 20-win season in 2008, after which he retired.

Mussina went 270-153 during his 18 year career, striking out 2813 batters in 3,562 2/3 innings and winning seven Gold Glove awards. His career WAR of 82.7 is 24th all time. There are currently 68 pitchers enshrined in the Hall of Fame, so what does that tell you?

At 73.1%, Mussina is on the cusp of getting in, but he’ll need a little help if he hopes to make it this year.