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Encyclopedia > Mike Mussina
Mike Mussina
New York Yankees — No. 35
Starting Pitcher
Born: December 8, 1968 (1968-12-08) (age 38)
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Major League Baseball debut
August 4, 1991 for the Baltimore Orioles
Selected MLB statistics
(through June 30, 2007)
Win-Loss     243-139
Earned Run Average     3.66
Strikeouts     2616
Teams

Michael Cole (Mike) Mussina (born December 8, 1968 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania), nicknamed Moose, is a Major League starting pitcher, currently with the New York Yankees. Mussina attended Montoursville High School and graduated in 1987. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ... This year in baseball: 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 6 - Major League Baseball officials order Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker is to undergo psychological testing following derogatory remarks he made in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Williamsport Williamsport is a city in and the county seat of Lycoming County,GR6 Pennsylvania in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Montoursville Montoursville is a borough in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ...


A six-time Gold Glove Award winner and seven-time nominee for the Cy Young Award, he was chosen to be the starting pitcher in both nominations to Baseball America American League All Star in 1994 and Baseball America Second-Team Major League All Star in 1999. He also received Baltimore Orioles Player of the Year award in 2000. In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... Baseball America is an alternative Major League Baseball resource, with in-depth coverage of every level of the game and a particular focus on up-and-coming players. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He is fifth among all active pitchers in wins (239) and shutouts (23), sixth in complete games (57), seventh in strikeouts (2,572), eighth in innings (3,210.1), ninth in walks per 9 IP (2.02) and batters faced (13,118), and tenth in won-lost percentage (.641),


Through 2006, he is tied for fifth in the major leagues in shutouts (7), seventh in walks per 9 IP (1.83), ninth in wins (75), tied for tenth in games started (159), and thirteenth in strikeouts per 9 IP (7.91).

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Early life

During his high school years in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, he played three positions on the football team, setting records for field goals, extra points, and touchdown receptions. In addition, he scored a total of 1,455 points for the basketball team, while compiling a 24-4 record with a 0.87 ERA for his baseball team. As a high school senior, Mussina was just shy of being named valedictorian of his graduating class. According to some reports, he intentionally came up short academically to avoid delivering a commencement speech.[1] Map of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania highlighting Montoursville Montoursville is a borough in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ...


He graduated from Stanford University in 1990, where he earned a degree in economics in three and a half years and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in Stanford, California. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Career

Mussina was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (20th pick overall) of the 1990 amateur draft. In the minor leagues, he went 14-4 with a 2.38 ERA. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


Baltimore Orioles

In his first full season with the Orioles he went 18-5 with a 2.54 ERA in 1992. He led the American League in win-loss percentage (.783). In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


Mussina continued to post quality numbers in Baltimore, featuring two back-to-back 19-win seasons. The first was in 1995 leading the league, while also leading the AL in shutouts (4) and walks/9 IP (2.03). He achieved the second in the following year, 1996, while leading the AL with 36 starts. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Mussina helped the Orioles to the playoffs in 1996, when they eventually lost in the ALCS to the Yankees, and in 1997, when they lost in the ALCS to the Cleveland Indians. In Game 3 of that series, Mussina set the ALCS record for strikeouts in a single game when he struck out 15 Indians (The record was later tied by the New York Yankees' Roger Clemens in Game 4 of the 2000 ALCS against the Seattle Mariners). In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS), played in October, is a playoff round that determines the winner of the American League pennant. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present) Cleveland Stadium (1932-1993)* a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962, in Dayton, Ohio), nicknamed The Rocket, is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, and is one of the preeminent Major League baseball pitchers of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. ... The 2000 American League Championship Series was a matchup between the Eastern Division Champion New York Yankees and the Wild Card Seattle Mariners. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1...


In 1999, he had the third best win-loss percentage in the AL (.720). Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2000, he led the AL in innings pitched (237.3). He held batters to a .205 batting average when there were 2 out with runners in scoring position. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


New York Yankees

Following the 2000 season, Mussina decided to leave the Orioles as a free agent due to their failure to re-sign him in the stalled contract negotiation.[2] He signed a 6-year, $88.5 million contract with the New York Yankees on November 30, 2000.[3] 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... November 30 is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2001, Mussina posted a 17-11 record. He was 2nd in the league ERA (3.15), strikeouts (214), shutouts (3), and strikeout/walk ratio (5.10), and 5th in strikeouts/9 IP (8.42) and complete games (4). In the postseason, Mussina started Games 1 and 5 of the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, posting a 2.63 ERA. He held batters to a .216 batting average when there were 2 out with runners in scoring position. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dates October 27, 2001–November 4, 2001 MVP Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling (Arizona) Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires Steve Rippley, Dana DeMuth, Dale Scott, Mark Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, Ed Rapuano The 2001 World Series (the November Series) took place between the Arizona Diamondbacks and... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) formerly known as Bank One Ballpark (1998-2005) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 2001 NL Pennants (1) 2001 National League West Division titles (3) 2002...


In 2002, he was second in the AL in walks/9 IP (1.65), third in strikeouts (182) and strikeouts/9 IP (7.60), eighth in wins (18), and ninth in walks/9 IP (2.00). He held batters to a .198 batting average when the game was tied. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


In 2003 he was third in the league in strikeouts/9 IP (8.18) and strikeout/walk ratio (4.88), fourth in strikeouts (195) and walks/9 IP (1.68), fifth in wins (17), and eighth in ERA (3.40). He held batters to a .190 batting average when there were two outs and runners in scoring position. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2004, after Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and David Wells left the team, Mussina became the ace of the Yankee pitching rotation. Plagued by a series of injuries, he ended the year with a 12-9 record and a 4.59 ERA. He was fourth in the league in strikeouts (195), and eighth in walks/9 IP (2.19).[4] shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962, in Dayton, Ohio), nicknamed The Rocket, is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, and is one of the preeminent Major League baseball pitchers of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. ... Andrew Eugene Pettitte (pronounced PET-it), born June 15, 1972, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is an American left-handed starting pitcher for the New York Yankees. ... David Lee Boomer Wells (born May 20, 1963 in Torrance, California) is a Major League Baseball player who was one of the games better left-handed pitchers at various times during the past several years. ...


In 2005, Mussina finished with a 13-8 record and a 4.41 ERA. He was seventh in the AL in strikeouts/9 IP (7.11). 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2006, he ended the season with a 15-7 record. He was second in the league in OBP allowed (.279.; 224/803), third in the AL in walks/9 IP (1.60; a career-best), batting average against (.241; 184/762), and strikeout/walk ratio (4.91), fourth in ERA (3.51), sixth in won-lost percentage (.682), eighth in strikeouts (172), and ninth in strikeouts/9 IP (7.84). For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Mussina is 51st on the all-time win list with 243 wins as of June 30, 2007. He also broke the 2,500 strikeout barrier. With his victory against Cleveland on July 5, 2006, Mike Mussina became the first pitcher in American League history to win 10 or more games for 15 consecutive seasons.[5] He currently (as of June 13, 2007) leads major league pitchers with 20 interleague wins, one ahead of Greg Maddux. In Major League Baseball, a win is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. ...


Postseason Stats

Mussina has pitched in the postseason in 1996-1997 and 2001-2006, collecting an overall 7-8, 3.40 ERA, 142 strikeouts, and 135 innings pitched. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


In the 1997 American League Championship Series, Mussina pitched two of the arguably greatest no-decision performances in post-season history. In 15 innings of work, he allowed one run, four hits, and struck out twenty five. The Orioles failed to score a single run for him and lost both games. The 1997 American League Championship Series pitted the Cleveland Indians, who won coming back against the New York Yankees in the 1997 AL Division Series, and the Baltimore Orioles, who went wire-to-wire and beat the Seattle Mariners in the Division Series. ...


Salary

On November 20, 2006, Mussina and the Yankees reached a preliminary agreement, pending a physical, on a two-year, $23 million contract.[6] Earlier in the off-season the Yankees declined the 1-year, $17 million option on Mussina's previous contract. Under that back-loaded six-year, $88.5 million contract, Mussina earned $17 million in each of the last two seasons.


Pitching

Mussina throws several pitches, including a 4-seam fastball in the low 90 mph range, a 2-seam fastball, a curveball, a splitter, a slider, a changeup, and the knuckle curve. Over the course of his career, he has become more skilled at altering speeds with his breaking pitches and has used different arm slots to confuse batters, and to compensate for the diminishing speed of his fastball. The fastball is the most common type of pitch in baseball. ... Curveball grip The curveball is a type of breaking ball in baseball thrown with a grip and hand movement that imparts top spin to the ball. ... A split-finger fastball or splitter, is a pitch in baseball and a variant of the straight fastball. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A changeup is a type of pitch in baseball. ... In Major League history, the term knuckle curve has actually referred to two entirely different pitches. ...


During spring training in 2006, Yankee catcher Jorge Posada noticed that Mussina's fingers wrapped over the ball in a unique way whenever he threw his changeup. When Posada went to bat against Mussina during an intra-squad game, he used this sign to crush Mussina's changeup into center field. Mussina later learned from Posada that his ability to precisely time Mussina's changeup was due to his observation on Mussina's grip. With this feedback, Mussina adjusted his grip accordingly, making it extremely difficult for batters to guess that a changeup is coming their way. [1] He went on to win 15 games and post a 3.51 ERA during the 2006 season. A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta (born August 17, 1971 in Santurce, Puerto Rico) is a switch-hitting catcher and 4-time All Star who plays for the New York Yankees. ...


Near-perfect games

Mussina has pitched several near-perfect games throughout his career: Pitcher David Cone (left) of the New York Yankees reacting to the completion of his perfect game with catcher Joe Girardi on July 18, 1999. ...

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Other career achievements

Mussina has also come just short of attaining several other notable career milestones:

  • Never won 20 games in a season, but won 19 twice and 18 three times. Reliever Armando Benitez blew the save in Mussina's last start in 1996, which would have been win number 20. He has the second most wins for a player who has never won 20 games in a season behind Dennis Martinez.
  • Never led the league in ERA, but has placed in the top 10 several times.
  • Never won a Cy Young award, but has placed in the top five six times.
  • Never won a World Series, but has reached it twice (2001 and 2003)
  • First major league pitcher with 20 interleague wins [2]

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Trivia

  • He is married (Jana) has a stepdaughter, Kyra (12/25/89) and two sons, Brycen (9/03/98) and Peyton (1/9/03).
  • He serves on the Little League International Board of Directors.[13]
  • When Mussina pitches from the set, the routine he does, (bending over and slowly rising), began in high school, when he would bend over to look through his legs and check the runner at first.
  • He was the starting pitcher and winning pitcher during Cal Ripken's record breaking 2,131st consecutive game on September 6, 1995.[14]
  • Sandy Alomar, Jr., who broke up Mussina's near perfect game in 1997, also broke Mussina's nose with a line drive in 1998.
  • The opposing pitcher during his near perfect game of 2001 was David Cone, who at the time was the last one to throw a perfect game.
  • He is a crossword puzzle enthusiast who is featured in the 2006 documentary film Wordplay.[15][16]
  • Throughout the duration of his Yankee career, Mussina has entered the field with The Zoo by The Scorpions before his starts.
  • He shares his high school alma mater with Kelly Mazzante, currently a WNBA shooting guard for the Phoenix Mercury.
  • He hasn't given up a grand slam since 1995.
  • He has a milk chocolate and peanut butter bar named the Moose Bar, which is manufactured by Wolfgang Candy, Inc..

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Notes

  1. ^ Smith, Chris, "Be Like Mike (Mussina)", New York Magazine, November 5, 2001
  2. ^ "Absolutely no way - Mussina says he is resigned to free agency", CNNSI.com, July 26, 2000. Retrieved December 16, 2006
  3. ^ "Mussina, Yankees agree on six-year, $88.5M deal", ESPN, November 29, 2006
  4. ^ Jones, Danyel, "Armed and Dangerous: Mike Mussina", At Home Plate, Inc., January 14, 2005
  5. ^ Kepner, Tyler, "The Yankees Rebound, but Damon Falls to the Side", The New York Times, July 6, 2006
  6. ^ Feinsand, Mark, "Yankees bring back Mussina: Right-hander agrees to two-year, $23 million deal", MLB.com, November 20, 2006
  7. ^ Box score: Baltimore Orioles 8, Texas Rangers 0 (July 17, 1992). Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.
  8. ^ Box score: Baltimore Orioles 3, Cleveland Indians 0 (May 30, 1997). Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.
  9. ^ Box score: Baltimore Orioles 4, Detroit Tigers 0 (August 4, 1998). Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.
  10. ^ Box score: New York Yankees 1, Boston Red Sox 0 (September 2, 2001). Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.
  11. ^ Box score: New York Yankees 6, Boston Red Sox 2 (April 14, 2002). Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.
  12. ^ Box score: New York Yankees 10, Boston Red Sox 7 (October 12, 2004). Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.
  13. ^ Little League International Board of Directors. Little League Baseball. Retrieved on 2007-03-25.
  14. ^ Box score: Baltimore Orioles 4, California Angels 2 (September 6, 1995). Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.
  15. ^ Mike Mussina at the Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ Wolf, Buck (2005-06-15). 'Wordplay' De-nerds Crossword Craze. ABC News. Retrieved on 2007-03-26.

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1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Succeeded by
Kenny Rogers
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Kenny Rogers
American League Gold Glove Award (P)
2001
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Kenny Rogers
American League Gold Glove Award (P)
2003
Succeeded by
Kenny Rogers

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