Mike Mussina was one of the top pitchers in the MLB in the nineties and early 2000s.
Its famous Nakal curve hits more heaters than winter snowstorms in Siberia.
And his pinpoint command allows him to keep the ball wherever he pleases.
His MLB career was spent entirely in the AL East: ten years with the Baltimore Orioles and eight years with the New York Yankees.
One would think that, after 10 years of best performances, the Orioles would retire their numbers.
Although it did not.
“From its research @ Palhembo: Mike Musina is the only Hall of Famer (Writers’ Ballot) team with which he has no retirement number from his first company after spending at least his first 10 seasons, “ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted.
From its research @ Palhembo: Mike Mussina is the only Hall of Famer (Writers’ Ballot) team that has not had his number one team after spending at least his first 10 seasons with the team.
– Buster Olney (Buster_ESPN) May 23, 2022
It is unbelievable that Orioles did not honor Mussina after all his contributions.
In Baltimore, Musina has won 147 games, lost 81, and compiled a solid 3.53 ERA.
In 2,009.2 innings, he allowed 1,895 hits and struck out 1,535 batsmen.
One of the best pitchers ever developed in Baltimore
He completely dominated one of the toughest divisions of the sport, pitching against the Yankees in the late 1990s against teams that had won multiple World Series championships.
Musina’s number 35 is now taken over by Uber-prospect Adele Ratsman.
Musina wore it from 1992 to 2000, when she moved to the Yankees.
For nine seasons, fans identified Musina and associated her with her number, 35.
It is a bit disrespectful that the franchisee did not remove the number from the available pool.
Musina, a five-time All-Star (1992-1994, 1997, 1999), seven-time Gold Glove Award winner (1996-1999, 2001, 2003, 2008), and MLB’s winning leader in 1995 certainly deserves better. The franchise with which he has spent a whole decade, is full of success.
Think about what will happen to Baltimore at leisure number 35.
Rumor has it that Peter Angelos punished Mussina for going to the Yankees in 2000.
Now, they could be in a pretty awkward situation.