Famous Baseball Players
Michael Cole (Mike) Mussina (born December 8, 1968 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania), nicknamed Moose, is a Major League starting pitcher, currently with the New York Yankees.
A six-time Gold Glove Award winner and a seven-time nominee for the Cy Young Award, he is one of the most prominent pitchers in baseball history. He was chosen to be the starting pitcher in both nominations to Baseball America American League All Star in 1994 and Baseball America Second-Team Major League All Star in 1999. He also received Baltimore Orioles Player of the Year award in 2000.
He is fifth among all active pitchers in wins (239) and shutouts (23), sixth in complete games (57), seventh in strikeouts (2,572), eighth in innings (3,210.1), ninth in walks per 9 IP (2.02) and batters faced (13,118), and tenth in won-lost percentage (.641),
Through 2006, he is tied for fifth in the major leagues in shutouts (7), seventh in walks per 9 IP (1.83), ninth in wins (75), tied for tenth in games started (159), and thirteenth in strikeouts per 9 IP (7.91).
Mussina was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round (20th pick overall) of the 1990 amateur draft. In the minor leagues, he went 14-4 with a 2.38 ERA.
In his first full season with the OriolesHe went 18-5 with a 2.54 ERA in 1992. He led the American League in win-lose percentage (.783).
Mussina continued to post quality numbers in Baltimore, featuring two back-to-back 19-win seasons. The first was in 1995 leading the league, while also leading the AL in shutouts (4) and walks/9 IP (2.03). He achieved the second in the following year, 1996, while leading the AL with 36 starts.
Mussina helped the Orioles to the playoffs in 1996, when they eventually lost in the ALCS to the Yankees, and in 1997, when they lost in the ALCS to the Cleveland Indians. In Game 3 of that series, Mussina set the ALCS record for strikeouts in a single game when he struck out 15 Indians (The record was later tied by the New York Yankees' Roger Clemens in Game 4 of the 2000 ALCS against the Seattle Mariners).
In 1999, he had the 3rd best win-lose percentage in the AL (720). In 2000, he led the AL in innnings pitched (237.3).