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Mike Mussina | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (45) / 12/8/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Stanford
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Yankees announced the retirement of RHP Mike Mussina.
The 39-year-old Mussina ends his 18-year career with a 270-153 record, a 3.68 ERA and 2,813 strikeouts in 3,562 2/3 innings. It's a Hall of Fame-type record. He ranks tied for 33rd all-time in victories, and his ERA+ of 123 puts him in the same territory as Juan Marichal and Bob Feller. He ranks 66th all-time in innings, but 19th in strikeouts. Among pitchers with at least 2,000 innings, he has the eighth best K/BB ratio. Hurting his case is that Mussina never won a Cy Young or played for a World Series winner. His postseason record was 7-8 with an impressive 3.42 ERA in 21 starts and two relief appearances. As strong as the HOF class of 2014 could be, Mussina probably won't be elected on the first ballot. However, he should get in eventually. Thu, Nov 20, 2008 12:29:00 PM

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Mike Mussina has decided to retire, sources tell FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

All the reports had him leaning that way, but it's a pretty unusual pitcher that retires after a 20-win season. If he's done, he finishes his career with a 270-153 record and a 3.68 ERA in 18 seasons.
Wed, Nov 19, 2008 05:25:00 PM

The New York Post reports that the Yankees expect Mike Mussina to retire.

Mussina has indicated that he'll make an official announcement at some point this week after saying last Wednesday that he was "still kind of up in the air."
Tue, Nov 18, 2008 09:53:00 AM

Mike Mussina said Wednesday that he'll announce next week whether he plans to return in 2009 or retire.

"I'm still kind of up in the air," Mussina said. "I'm enjoying my time off, but then again, I always enjoy my time off." Manager Joe Girardi speculated previously that Mussina will retire, but the 270-game winner has given no real indication of his plans since the season ended.
Thu, Nov 13, 2008 10:22:00 AM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi revealed Friday that Mike Mussina told him after the season that he was "probably going to retire."

Girardi said he gave Moose "a month or two to decide." Under that timeline he still has a couple of weeks, but all signs are pointing to retirement for the 39-year-old.
Sat, Nov 8, 2008 08:56:00 AM

Agent Arn Tellem said Monday that there's still "no timetable" for Mike Mussina deciding whether or not he'll retire.

"I don't know what his personal plans are, but we have an interest in filling that starting rotation with quality starting pitching," general manager Brian Cashman said. "Mike obviously did a fantastic job this year for us, but it would be presumptuous of me to be counting on him. First, he has to decide if he wants to play or not."
Tue, Nov 4, 2008 11:30:00 AM

Mike Mussina's agent informed the New York media Saturday that his client still hasn't decided whether to retire.

Arn Tellem, the agent, put it short and sweet in an e-mail: "Mussina has not made a decision." The issue is expected to be resolved in the next month. The 39-year-old was 20-9 with a 3.37 ERA in 2008.
Source: Newsday
Sun, Oct 26, 2008 11:29:00 AM

Newsday's Ken Davidoff said it would be a "shocker" if Mike Mussina decided against retirement.

Davidoff seems completely convinced. "You can expect a Yankee Stadium farewell news conference shortly after the conclusion of the World Series," he writers. "I'll leave myself one percent room for error. But no one who knows Mussina well thinks he'll pitch again."
Source: Newsday
Fri, Oct 24, 2008 02:15:00 PM

Mike Mussina said Monday that he's still undecided about pitching next season.

"I'm just enjoying being home right now," Mussina said. "I haven't really put a timetable on it. The playoffs are still going on and it still seems like the season just ended. I'm not rushing after it, but I know sooner or later I'm going to have to figure out what I want to do." Mussina indicated previously that he'll either retire or return for three more seasons in an attempt to reach 300 career wins.
Tue, Oct 7, 2008 10:47:00 AM

General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that he thinks Mike Mussina is leaning toward retirement.

Mussina said last week that he's deciding between retiring or playing three more seasons in an attempt to reach 300 career wins. He won 20 games this season for the first time and ranked sixth in the league with a 3.37 ERA while tossing 200 1/3 innings, so he clearly has plenty left in the tank.
Thu, Oct 2, 2008 10:23:00 AM

Mike Mussina completed his first 20-win season by shutting out the Red Sox for six innings in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.

Give him credit: Mussina had the choice of starting the second game today and likely getting an easier assignment, but he opted to face Boston's regulars and limited them to just three hits. Mussina ends the year 20-9 with a 3.37 ERA that ranks fifth in the AL. He finished at 200 1/3 innings, his highest total since 2003.
Sun, Sep 28, 2008 05:59:00 PM

Mike Mussina said he'll decide this winter whether he wants to pitch for three more years or call it a career now.

Mussina will end the day with 269 or 270 wins, and he indicated that he didn't think he could retire with 280 or 290. "If your intention is to go for 300," Mussina said, "if I’m in for one, then I’m in for three." It's hard to imagine him hanging them up when he's due to land another multiyear contract this winter.
Sun, Sep 28, 2008 01:12:00 PM

Mike Mussina earned his 19th win Tuesday after throwing five scoreless innings versus the Blue Jays.

Mussina was pulled after just 73 pitches. Since he still has a chance at reaching 20 wins for the first time in his career, he will start Sunday against the Red Sox. If he throws 5 2/3 innings then, he'll hit the 200-inning mark for the first time since 2003.
Tue, Sep 23, 2008 10:54:00 PM

Mike Mussina picked up his 18th win after throwing six-plus innings of one-run ball Thursday against the White Sox.

The White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the first and scored a run in the inning, but Mussina shut them down the rest of the way. He was pulled after a leadoff double in the seventh, but Jose Veras was able to prevent the inheried runner from scoring. Mussina is expected to get two more starts, as long as he still has a shot at 20 wins. He's never reached that mark in his career.
Thu, Sep 18, 2008 10:57:00 PM

Mike Mussina surrendered four runs in six innings against the Mariners on Sunday to fall to 17-8 on the season.

Mussina struck out seven and walked just one, but a couple of homers scored three of the four runs. It'd be quite impressive if Mussina finally recorded a 20-win season at the age of 39 after many had written him off, but now that's going to be pretty tough. He's scheduled to pitch just three more times, though with off days the Yankees could move him up and have him pitch the last day of the season if they felt like it.
Sun, Sep 7, 2008 07:08:00 PM

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C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
3Austin Romine
4J.R. Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Stephen Drew
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Chase Headley
2Zelous Wheeler
3Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
3Antoan Richardson
4Eury Perez
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Martin Prado
2Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Carlos Beltran
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PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4Brandon McCarthy
5Shane Greene
6Chris Capuano
7CC Sabathia
8Ivan Nova
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Dellin Betances
3Shawn Kelley
4Adam Warren
5David Huff
6Esmil Rogers
7Josh Outman
8Preston Claiborne
9Rich Hill
10David Phelps
11Bryan Mitchell
12Chase Whitley