What Mike Mussina meant to the New York Yankees

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 21: Inductee Mike Mussina speaks during the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday July 21, 2019 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 21: Inductee Mike Mussina speaks during the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday July 21, 2019 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Mike Mussina, New York Yankees

Mark of Great Consistency

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If you followed Mike Mussina’s major league career, you could mark him down for 32 starts between 10-17 wins and over 200 innings pitched each season. That’s a mark of great consistency and the chief reason why his plaque hangs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The former New York Yankees ace’s career stats don’t include milestone feats such as a Cy Young Award, 300 career wins or 3,000 strikeouts, but not too many starting pitchers can make the claim they played their entire career in the hard-hitting American League East.

In 18 big league seasons, Mussina was 270-153 which adds up to a phenomenal .638 win percentage. Throughout his career, he also posted a 3.68 ERA and an even better 3.57 FIP, and 1.192 WHIP.

He was a five-time All-Star Game participant and seven-time Gold Glove winner. Plus, Mussina was the oldest starter to ever record his first 20-win season. He did it at the age of 39 in his final year of professional baseball.

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Now, he’s among the elites to ever play this grand game a well-deserving member of the Baseball’s Hall-of-Fame.