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Near Great?

Posted By Alex Belth On August 25, 2005 @ 7:29 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

After retiring the side in the second inning last night Mike Mussina walked off the mound. Jorge Posada rolled the ball in front of home plate as catchers usually do. However, Mussina stopped in his tracks and went back to collect the ball. The ball was meaningful because he had just completed the 3,000th inning of his career. He had a small smile on his face and looked both sheepish and proud. I would like to think that Mussina has a shot at the Hall of Fame but without a 20-win season or a Cy Young under his belt, I just don’t think the writers will ever vote him in. Recently I’ve been wondering how he stacks up with his contemporaries. I figure Maddux, Clemens, Johnson, Pedro, and probably Glavine are all locks for the Hall. Yesterday, I asked Jay Jaffe how Mussina compares with the next level of accomplished hurlers: John Smotlz [1], Curt Schilling [2], Kevin Brown [3] and Boomer Wells [4]. Jay not only looked into it but he devoted a post to it [5]. Head on over to The Futility Infielder [6] to see what he came up with.

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[1] John Smotlz: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=4232

[2] Curt Schilling: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=4267

[3] Kevin Brown: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=3979

[4] Boomer Wells: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=4057

[5] he devoted a post to it: http://futilityinfielder.com/blog/2005/08/hall-calls.shtml

[6] The Futility Infielder: http://www.futilityinfielder.com/home.php

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