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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer | June 9, 1995
Just call it Mike Mussina making a point.His 4-3 record and 4.15 ERA going into yesterday's game had prompted some skeptics to say that Mussina had lost his dominating edge. A team-high 11 home runs allowed sparked more questions about how long it would take for Mussina to return to form.Consider the questions answered during yesterday's 8-2 Orioles victory over Seattle.Mussina threw 69 strikes in 98 pitches. He retired 19 of the last 21 batters he faced in the 91-degree heat.More importantly, Mussina yielded two runs in eight innings and never allowed the Mariners to carry over the momentum from their comeback victory on Wednesday.
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Sports Digest | August 9, 2014
Baseball Mussina to enter Little League Hall Former Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina will be enshrined in the Little League Museum's Hall of Excellence on Aug. 24 at the 68th Little League World Series in Williamsport Pa. The ceremony will be held before the world championship game, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Mussina will be the 48th person enshrined. Mussina, from nearby Montoursville, Pa., was elected in 2001 to the Little League International board of directors. He's in his sixth year as a Little League coach and his 17th as an MLL volunteer board member.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer The Los Angeles Daily News and Los Angeles Times contributed to this article | May 30, 1995
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Something awful happened to the Orioles after all those glowing preseason reviews, all the anticipation of the indomitable rotation and the powerful lineup. Something really terrible.They were forced to play games."It's going to be a long year," said Orioles ace Mike Mussina, who blew an early 4-0 lead on the way to a 6-5 loss to the California Angels at Anaheim Stadium last night, and then questioned the heart of the team.The Orioles also suffered the indignity of having their former closer, Lee Smith, finish them off in the ninth inning.
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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 Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | September 17, 1991
BOSTON -- As far as John Oates was concerned, Mike Mussina's latest effort was just another night at the ballpark."He's mechanically sound, so he's going to be able to do the things he's supposed to do," the Orioles' manager said of his rookie righthander after the 9-2 win over the Red Sox.Mussina scattered 10 hits in recording his first major-league complete game -- and the first by an Orioles pitcher in Fenway Park since Mike Boddicker went the distance in...
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | June 7, 1994
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Orioles ace Mike Mussina limited the opposition to three runs or less last night for the 11th time in his 13 starts this season.The Orioles' offense being what it is, every out was a big one, and Mussina had to sweat out a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium before an announced crowd of 25,781.Mussina (8-3, 2.78) pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk. He struck out three and threw 126 pitches, grabbing a piece of the league lead for wins with Chicago's Wilson Alvarez and the starters tonight in the second game of a three-game series, Ben McDonald and David Cone.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | May 14, 1995
Contract negotiations between the Orioles and pitcher Mike Mussina have been moving about as fast as Monday morning Beltway traffic. But they're moving. Slowly but surely, they're moving: Mussina said yesterday that the Orioles have made a third offer, drawing the two sides closer together.Mussina said he didn't know exactly how much the Orioles increased their offer -- he'd yet to talk to his agent to get specifics -- but there isn't much more room to negotiate. The Orioles offered $8.25 million on a three-year contract, Mussina countered by asking for $13.5 million.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 29, 1991
DETROIT -- He was matched with the opposition's best starter again, weathered that problem and made only one mistake pitch the entire game.But another splendid effort by Baltimore Orioles rookie Mike Mussina went unrewarded by victory yesterday.All Mussina received was his second no-decision during a half-season in which, he said, "I've gotten their No. 1 or 2 pitcher four or five times in 11 starts."This time, it was the Detroit Tigers' Bill Gullickson, who was denied in a bid to become the major leagues' first 20-game winner.
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By JOE CHRISTENSEN | September 19, 2004
Only the New York Yankees, it seems, could spend $88.5 million on a pitcher, and never expect him to be their ace. Such is life for Mike Mussina, who left the Orioles after the 2000 season and signed a six-year deal with George Steinbrenner's band of traveling All-Stars. Mussina was very good his first three years in New York, as he went 17-11, 18-10 and 17-8, but it was easy for him to slip into the background on a pitching staff that included Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and David Wells, who was there in 2002 and 2003.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent Patti Singer of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle contributed to this article | July 31, 1991
SEATTLE -- The Baltimore Orioles have been careful not to rush 1990 first-round draft choice Mike Mussina to the major leagues, but his time apparently has arrived.The club recalled him from the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings yesterday along with a pair of young relievers to replace veterans Jeff Ballard, Jeff Robinson and Paul Kilgus, who were the victims of a pitching purge.Mussina will make his first major-league start against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday at Comiskey Park, little more than a year after the Orioles made him the 20th choice overall in the June draft.
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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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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 Dan Connolly | August 24, 2012
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Mike Flanagan at his home in Monkton. He would be 60 years old. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Suicide is an exceptionally difficult issue for survivors to deal with. From my personal experience, that first-year anniversary is a real difficult day. I wouldn't be surprised if the Orioles have a moment of silence in honor of Flanny's memory tonight. On the flip side, today is also Cal Ripken Jr.'s 52nd birthday. If you can't tell him “Happy Birthday” today, wait for two weeks.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | February 22, 1994
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Mike Mussina isn't wearing a goatee this year, but nothing else has changed. He again came to camp unsigned and figures to stay that way until the March 11 contract-renewal deadline is close at hand.Last year, he sprouted the beard and dubbed himself "Rebel without a contract," vowing not to shave until he was under contract. This year, he is cleanshaven and seemingly unconcerned, though there has been little contact with the club about his contract for 1994.Serious negotiations didn't begin until yesterday, when agent Arn Tellum and Orioles assistant general manager Frank Robinson spoke by telephone for the first time since the club sent out contracts in December.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer | July 1, 1994
Mike Mussina and the California Angels have shared a common trend recently. When either is present, runs are a rarity.Mussina (11-4, 2.67 ERA) has not allowed an earned run in 15 innings, and just one in his past 18 innings. He has won four of his past five decisions and is 6-1 in eight starts following an Orioles loss.On the other hand, California hasn't scored a run in 22 innings. The struggling Angels were shut out in their past two games against an Oakland A's staff that has a 5.15 ERA.Mussina and the Angels meet tonight at Camden Yards as the Orioles and California open a three-game series.
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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 Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2012
June 25, 1997: For the second time in 27 days, the Orioles' Mike Mussina (9-2) flirts with a no-hitter before surrendering an eighth-inning single in a 9-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Earlier, in a 3-0 win over the Cleveland Indians, he had carried a perfect-game bid into the ninth before allowing a hit. "I took a run at it. It didn't happen, again," Mussina said afterward. "Maybe I'll get another chance. " June 26, 1978: The Orioles set a record for futility with a 24-10 loss at Toronto.
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