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Mike Mussina

2017 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Mike Mussina

The first table below presents Mike Mussina's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Mike Mussina
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1991BAL22
12
4.54.80.486-0.1
0.4
5.24.20.5560.61.1
1992BAL23
32
13.89.30.5992.5
3.7
14.510.80.5732.13.4
1993BAL24
25
10.28.00.5591.1
2.0
10.28.70.5390.81.7
1994BAL25
24
12.17.40.6202.4
3.6
10.87.80.5811.62.7
1995BAL26
32
16.010.30.6083.2
4.6
13.79.30.5952.53.7
1996BAL27
36
15.212.50.5501.7
3.3
15.112.80.5411.53.1
1997BAL28
33
13.39.80.5772.0
3.4
13.810.50.5671.93.3
1998BAL29
29
12.810.20.5571.6
2.8
13.19.90.5681.83.0
1999BAL30
31
13.58.30.6182.8
3.9
13.79.40.5912.43.6
2000BAL31
34
14.412.20.5421.4
2.8
14.411.10.5631.93.2
2001NYA32
34
15.610.70.5912.8
4.2
14.39.70.5942.63.9
2002NYA33
33
13.310.40.5601.7
2.9
13.510.80.5551.62.9
2003NYA34
31
14.410.60.5762.1
3.6
13.59.00.5992.43.7
2004NYA35
27
11.19.20.5471.2
2.4
9.88.70.5270.71.8
2005NYA36
30
11.110.60.5120.5
1.6
10.710.00.5170.51.6
2006NYA37
32
10.88.50.5601.4
2.4
12.29.20.5701.72.9
2007NYA38
28
8.79.40.481-0.2
0.9
8.88.10.5180.51.4
2008NYA39
34
13.411.00.5501.5
2.8
11.99.80.5481.32.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
537
224.3173.20.56429.6
51.3
218.9170.20.56328.349.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
23
7.56.90.520 1.39.16.80.573 2.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
560
231.8180.20.564
52.6
228.0177.00.563 51.8


This is Mike Mussina's 4th year on the BBWAA Hall-of-Fame ballot. Last year, he appeared on 43.0% of ballots, a strong improvement from his first two years.

It is common to compare players to other players who played the same position. Hence, for example, my earlier comparisons of Mike Mussina to fellow pitchers Bert Blyleven and Jim Palmer. But it can also be fun and potentially enlightening to compare players who achieved very similar career value but did so in very different ways.

The next table shows the 10 players most similar to Mike Mussina in total career value without regard to how that value breaks down between batting, baserunning, pitching, and fielding.

Most Similar Players to Mike Mussina in Value, since 1939
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
Mike Mussina
537
224.3173.229.6
51.3
Bob Gibson
577
263.9217.334.6
55.5
Pedro J. Martinez
476
193.7137.533.9
51.4
Albert Pujols
2575
334.8243.534.1
58.0
Chipper Jones
2495
336.7258.533.3
56.5
Cal Ripken
2995
383.3350.728.2
56.5
Tom Glavine
701
279.5249.629.1
54.5
John Smoltz
728
239.8201.229.1
51.1
Eddie Mathews
2388
320.6240.534.3
56.9
J. Kevin Brown
487
204.6164.726.4
45.2
Steve Carlton
744
338.0304.231.6
58.9


Even without explicitly considering the mix of batting, baserunning, pitching, and fielding, 6 of the 10 players on the list are pitchers like Mussina. The most similar non-pitcher to Mike Mussina in career value among players for whom I have complete Player won-lost records is 2-time MVP and first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken. In addition to being similar in value, they also both played the majority of their career for the same team, the Baltimore Orioles, where they were teammates for 10 seasons.

The next table compares the careers of Mike Mussina and Cal Ripken, as measured by Player won-lost records.

Mike Mussina Cal Ripken
Age Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
20
 
180.60.90.397-0.1-0.1
21
 
15921.717.90.5482.43.9
22
124.54.80.486-0.1
0.4
16224.919.30.5643.55.1
23
3213.89.30.5992.5
3.7
16225.819.30.5724.56.2
24
2510.28.00.5591.1
2.0
16123.220.40.5322.44.0
25
2412.17.40.6202.4
3.6
16222.020.10.5232.03.5
26
3216.010.30.6083.2
4.6
16219.421.30.476-0.11.5
27
3615.212.50.5501.7
3.3
16119.919.80.5020.72.2
28
3313.39.80.5772.0
3.4
16222.519.30.5382.43.9
29
2912.810.20.5571.6
2.8
16120.618.50.5271.83.2
30
3113.58.30.6182.8
3.9
16223.420.00.5392.54.1
31
3414.412.20.5421.4
2.8
16219.518.90.5071.02.5
32
3415.610.70.5912.8
4.2
16220.519.40.5141.32.8
33
3313.310.40.5601.7
2.9
11214.912.80.5381.62.8
34
3114.410.60.5762.1
3.6
14417.718.40.4910.41.9
35
2711.19.20.5471.2
2.4
16320.619.20.5181.43.0
36
3011.110.60.5120.5
1.6
16219.317.00.5311.22.6
37
3210.88.50.5601.4
2.4
16116.417.40.485-0.50.9
38
288.79.40.481-0.2
0.9
8610.09.20.5220.51.2
39
3413.411.00.5501.5
2.8
838.87.70.5330.61.3
40
 
12811.514.00.451-1.2-0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS537224.3173.20.56429.6
51.3
2,995383.3350.70.52228.256.5


Ripken's 1983 and 1984 seasons (Ripken's age 22-23 seasons) were more valuable than any of Mussina's seasons. But Mussina had 15 seasons of at least 1.0 pWOPA vs. 12 such seasons for Ripken. Overall, Ripken's career bulk enabled him to beat out Mussina in career pWins over replacement level (pWORL), 56.5 - 51.3, while Mussina's somewhat longer stretch of above-average seasons gives him an edge over Ripken in pWOPA, 29.6 - 28.2. Overall, they're a pretty good match.

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