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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2012
Mike Mussina is now four years into retirement. He sports a salt-and-pepper goatee. His days include coaching his two sons in baseball and basketball. Happy with life after baseball, Mussina remains in his hometown of Mountoursville, Pa., just three hours from Baltimore, where he became one of the top pitchers in Orioles history. But this week marks Mussina's first trip back to Baltimore since he retired after the 2008 season. Mussina will be honored, along with former Orioles second baseman Rich Dauer and the late longtime scout Walter Youse, as the newest members the Orioles Hall of Fame before Saturday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
The Baseball Hall of Fame reduced the number of years a player can remain on the ballot from 15 years to 10 last weekend. Though no one has come out and said it, the change seemed to target high-profile steroid users and limit their chances to enter the museum in Cooperstown. Unfortunately, it could have the same effect on former Orioles great Mike Mussina. FiveThirtyEight.com's Nate Silver wrote about the rule change on his site Monday , and noted how the shorter ballot terms could keep players who voters might view as Hall of Fame tweeners from reaching the 75 percent vote threshold needed to enter the Hall.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
The Baseball Hall of Fame reduced the number of years a player can remain on the ballot from 15 years to 10 last weekend. Though no one has come out and said it, the change seemed to target high-profile steroid users and limit their chances to enter the museum in Cooperstown. Unfortunately, it could have the same effect on former Orioles great Mike Mussina. FiveThirtyEight.com's Nate Silver wrote about the rule change on his site Monday , and noted how the shorter ballot terms could keep players who voters might view as Hall of Fame tweeners from reaching the 75 percent vote threshold needed to enter the Hall.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
1990 Record: 76-85 Place: Fifth in American League East Manager: Frank Robinson Most Valuable Oriole: Cal Ripken Jr. Batting leader: Steve Finley (.256) Home run leader: Cal Ripken Jr. (21) RBI leader: Cal Ripken Jr. (84) Wins leader: Dave Johnson (13) ERA leader: Dave Johnson (4.10) Notable: The Orioles drafted right-hander Mike Mussina out of Stanford with the 20th overall pick in the first-year player draft in June. Mussina would become a five-time AL All-Star in 10 seasons with the club.
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April 2, 2012
Mike Mussina in the Orioles Hall of Fame? ("When Mussina, Dauer return, Hall doors to open," March 29). In his 10 seasons with O's, he never had a 20-game win. He snubbed the people in the stands as though they didn't exist. Throughout the many seasons I traveled to Ft. Lauderdale to watch spring training, I never once saw him wave, smile or autograph a ball for anyone, neither child nor adult. He wanted to play for the Yankees - let them induct him. Helen Smith
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The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Former Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina will be the new varsity boys basketball coach at his former high school, Montoursville (Pa.), according to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette . The Montoursville school board approved Mussina's hiring Tuesday night by an 8-0 vote, the newspaper reported. Mussina, a 1987 Montoursville grad, pitched with the Orioles from 1991-2000, going 147-81 with a 3.53 ERA. He was a five-time All-Star with the O's. But in November 2000, he signed a six-year contract worth $88.5 million with the AL East New York Yankees, upsetting Baltimore's fan base.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, includes former Orioles pitchers Mike Mussina, Armando Benitez and Mike Timlin among the 19 first-time candidates. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas headline the group of players who appear on the ballot for the first time, joining the 17 returning candidates from last year's class -- one that didn't produce any qualifying candidates for the first time since 1996.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
The national buzz surrounding Wednesday's 2 p.m. Hall of Fame announcement centers on whether the Baseball Writers' Association of America will elect someone - or several players - this year after swinging and missing in 2013. The best sense is yes, considering the influx of impressive first-year candidates, such as pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas, as well as solid holdovers Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Jack Morris, among others. For Orioles fans, though, the intrigue surrounds two players who almost assuredly won't be named on the required 75 percent of submitted ballots: starting pitcher Mike Mussina and first baseman Rafael Palmeiro.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | September 5, 2008
He has four starts left and little room for error, but when Mike Mussina walks off the mound for the final time this season, it will be as a 20-game winner, a career first. Mussina needs three wins to reach that plateau and to notch 270 victories in his career. Nice symmetry. Twice - both times with the Orioles - he flirted with 20, only to fall one win short. Three times he won 18. He has paid his dues, and the stars are aligned. In his past two games, he beat the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox, so it's obvious he isn't running on fumes.
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By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 5, 1999
When Orioles pitching ace Mike Mussina packs his suitcases for a road trip, he's certain to toss in a few good books for some pre- and post-game reading -- perhaps the latest horror tale from Stephen King, a Tom Clancy thriller and an intriguing science fiction novel."
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
Two springs ago, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was desperately trying to prove he could pitch in the major leagues. Last year at this time, he was attempting to show he was healthy and wasn't a fluke. And this March? Well, Tillman is now preparing to throw the first pitch of the Orioles' 2014 season at Camden Yards on March 31 against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox. “Any time you get the chance to get that kind of opportunity it's a big deal,” Tillman said of being named the club's Opening Day starter.
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Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
While the National Baseball Hall of Fame was announcing Wednesday that three players in their first year of eligibility - pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas - had been elected by the writers' association in the same year for the first time in 15 years, Rafael Palmeiro was in his Texas home putting away Christmas decorations. The former Orioles slugger didn't realize the announcement had been made until he noticed several missed phone calls. He turned on the TV and learned he had received only 25 votes - half of what he garnered last year - for a total of 4.4 percent, which dropped him from the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot in his fourth year of eligibility.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
The national buzz surrounding Wednesday's 2 p.m. Hall of Fame announcement centers on whether the Baseball Writers' Association of America will elect someone - or several players - this year after swinging and missing in 2013. The best sense is yes, considering the influx of impressive first-year candidates, such as pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas, as well as solid holdovers Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Jack Morris, among others. For Orioles fans, though, the intrigue surrounds two players who almost assuredly won't be named on the required 75 percent of submitted ballots: starting pitcher Mike Mussina and first baseman Rafael Palmeiro.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, includes former Orioles pitchers Mike Mussina, Armando Benitez and Mike Timlin among the 19 first-time candidates. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas headline the group of players who appear on the ballot for the first time, joining the 17 returning candidates from last year's class -- one that didn't produce any qualifying candidates for the first time since 1996.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Former Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina will be the new varsity boys basketball coach at his former high school, Montoursville (Pa.), according to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette . The Montoursville school board approved Mussina's hiring Tuesday night by an 8-0 vote, the newspaper reported. Mussina, a 1987 Montoursville grad, pitched with the Orioles from 1991-2000, going 147-81 with a 3.53 ERA. He was a five-time All-Star with the O's. But in November 2000, he signed a six-year contract worth $88.5 million with the AL East New York Yankees, upsetting Baltimore's fan base.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
The Orioles' success of last year earned them a spot on the national stage at Yankee Stadium, the team's first nationally televised Sunday Night Baseball game since 2008. Being the only game on the schedule at that time, the baseball world was watching. But the spotlight did nothing to warm the Orioles' bats, which went cold in a 3-0 loss to the Yankees on a chilly night in the Bronx. In their first game on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball since the last game at the old Yankee Stadium five seasons ago, the Orioles managed just five hits - all singles - against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who recorded the first complete-game shutout against Baltimore since the Mets' R.A. Dickey tossed a one-hit complete game shutout last June.
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By JOE STRAUSS and JOE STRAUSS,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1997
SEATTLE -- With his inimitable blend of wit and smugness, Mike Mussina says he doesn't care if he ever wins 20 games in a season. He trivializes questions about the quality of his best performances. Author of a near-perfect game against the Cleveland Indians in May, the Orioles ace recently stared down a broadcast type who breathlessly wanted to know if an August performance was his best."Were you at the Cleveland game?" Mussina said, expressionless.Or, for that matter, how about the June game in Milwaukee when he carried a no-hitter through seven innings?
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By RAY FRAGER | November 21, 2008
Mike Mussina won't get to decide whether his cap on a Hall of Fame plaque features a bird or the "NY" logo that can make Baltimore fans want to flip the bird. That call is up to the poohbahs of Cooperstown. But listen up, you guys, it should be an Oriole. Mike Mussina became Mike Mussina in Baltimore. Let's run some numbers: He spent 10 of his 18 major league seasons here. He recorded 147 of his 270 victories and 1,535 of his 2,813 strikeouts as an Oriole. All but eight of his 23 career shutouts came in orange and black.
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Peter Schmuck | August 25, 2012
It's no secret why new Orioles Hall of Famer Mike Mussina evokes mixed feelings from the baseball fans of the Baltimore area. He is a controversial figure in Orioles history - the guy who left here in the prime of his career to pitch for the rival Yankees  and, some might say, left the Orioles to wallow in defeat and despair for the next decade. He is also the guy who played a very pivotal role on the last Orioles team that made this city proud and the pitcher who ranks third on the club's all-time win list.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2012
Mike Mussina is now four years into retirement. He sports a salt-and-pepper goatee. His days include coaching his two sons in baseball and basketball. Happy with life after baseball, Mussina remains in his hometown of Mountoursville, Pa., just three hours from Baltimore, where he became one of the top pitchers in Orioles history. But this week marks Mussina's first trip back to Baltimore since he retired after the 2008 season. Mussina will be honored, along with former Orioles second baseman Rich Dauer and the late longtime scout Walter Youse, as the newest members the Orioles Hall of Fame before Saturday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.
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