You may know I'm NOT a Yankee fan, but I want to pay tribute to a guy on their team.
To me = he will ALWAYS be an ORIOLE anyways.
I personally think he deserves entry into the Hall Of Fame, and I'm thinking if he does = that he goes in as an Oriole.
Moose did something historic today. He is 39 years old, and is the oldest pitcher in MLB history to get his first 20 win season, after beating the Red Sox with 6 shutout innings in the Yankees 6-2 win.
Mike has won 19 games twice, and 18 games thrice, but he finally got that 20 in a year most had him going to the bullpen after a mediocre (by his standards) 11-10 2007 season.
Mike was definitely the best pitcher the Yankees had in 2008.
He is one of the best to have ever pitched for the Orioles. He spent the first 10 years of his career in Baltimore, and had 45 of his 57 complete games in that span. 15 of his 23 complete game shutouts were with the O's too.
Mike now has 270 career wins, and 2,810 career strikeouts.
300 wins and 3,000 K's are certainly within his reach, if he decides to play 2 more years. He has a career E.R.A. of 3.69, which is very good in these times of shrunken ballparks, juiced balls, and juiced players.
Moose was one of those beloved Oriole players where Baltimore fans weren't mad at him for leaving. Most understood why. It wasn't money, it was Angelos. No one blamed him for trying to get a World Series ring. Eddie Murray's leaving for Los Angeles to be closer to his ill mom is the only other Oriole I can recall where Baltimore fans weren't mad and only wished him the best.
I am pulling for Mike Mussina to get to 300 wins. Of course, I want the Yankees to lose every other game that he doesn't pitch in as well.