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Former Orioles RHP Mike Mussina Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

January 22, 2019
Former Baltimore Orioles right-handed pitcher Mike Mussina, who pitched for the team from 1991-2000, was one of four players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year via the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot.

Pitchers Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay and designated hitter Edgar Martinez were also elected via the writers. The quartet will join reliever Lee Smith and designated hitter Harold Baines, both of whom were elected via the Today's Game Era Committee in December. 

The six new Hall of Famers will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., July 21.

Mussina garnered 76.7 percent of the vote in his sixth year on the ballot. Mussina debuted on the ballot in 2014 with 20.3 percent of the vote, but his support grew steadily since then.

Mussina went 270-153 with a 3.68 ERA during his 18-year career, the last eight years of which came as a member of the New York Yankees. He was a five-time All-Star, finished among the top six in American League Cy Young voting nine times and won seven Gold Gloves. Mussina, who never made fewer than 24 starts in a season after 1991, is 20th all time in strikeouts (2,813).

Advanced metrics paint Mussina -- who compiled an 82.9 WAR, according to Baseball Reference -- as an above-average Hall of Fame starting pitcher.  

Rivera (100 percent of the vote) and Halladay (85.4) are first-ballot selections by the writers, while Martinez (85.4) got in on his 10th and final year on the ballot. Rivera is the all-time leader in saves (652) and games finished (952), won five World Series and went to 13 All-Star Games. Halladay went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA during his 16-year career and is one of six pitchers to win a Cy Young Award in both leagues. Martinez was a lifetime .312/.418/.515 hitter and was a seven-time All-Star during an 18-year career with the Seattle Mariners.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles