San Francisco Giants: Barry Bonds and My IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot
By Michael Saltzman
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82.7 Career WAR, 270 wins, 2813 strikeouts, 3.68 ERA, 3.57 FIP, 123 ERA+
Mike Mussina is one of the most consistent pitchers in history. In his 17 full seasons, he averaged 30.8 starts a season. Hall of Fame pitchers have earned automatic bids to Cooperstown for 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts. Mussina finished only 30 wins and 187 strikeouts shy of both marks. In an era of five starters and middle relief pitchers, Mussina pitched in a time of blown saves and saving a pitcher for the next start. Mussina’s WAR is also higher overall than Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Tom Glavine and Old Hoss Radbourn among others.