Daily Archives: November 21, 2008

3 Modern Billy Williams Cards Added To The Collection!!

3 Modern Billy Williams Cards Added To The Collection!!

WoW!!!  How sweet is this?  I was able to grab up all 3 of these bad boys for less than 40 cents a piece.  I’ve still got my eye on the cards I need to complete my Billy Williams collection that were issued during his playing days, but I couldn’t resist these.  I love the old-school photo on the modern cards. 

I was able to add 9 new Billy Williams cards to my growing ‘modern-day’ collection and will highlight them for you over the next few weeks.

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Mike Mussina Calls It Quits

Finally the rumors have become fact. After 18 seasons in the major leagues, Mike Mussina has retired from the game of professional baseball.

Although Mussina has rarely been mentioned as one of the greatest pitcher’s from his era, his numbers are quite impressive.  Having played his entire career for just 2 teams – the Orioles and Yankees – Mussina has compiled some pretty solid stats.

In his 17 years as a full time starting pitcher,  Mussina recorded double-digit wins in each season.  The most impressive part of this is that accomplished this while playing for a Baltimore Orioles team that was terrible for most of Mussina’s early years with the team.  With a lifetime win/loss record of 270 & 153, ‘The Moose’ finishes his career with a very solid 63% winning percentage.

Mike Mussina was only selected as an All-Star 5 times during his playing days; but he did finish in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award a very respectable 9 times.  Again, this is very impressive for a player that was never known as a dominant pitcher.  Clearly, his reputation as a solid pitcher that was going to give you good innings helped his cause.

So, where does Mike Mussina rank amongst the pitchers from this era??  Is he Hall of Fame worthy??

When I think about the bestpitchers in the game over the last 20 years, Mike Mussina’s name does not enter the picture.  But, when you look at his entire body of work, there are pitchers in the Hall of Fame that are very comparable.  So, YES, I do think that Mike Mussina will get into Cooperstown.  I don’t believe that he is a 1st ballot electee, but give him 3 or 4 attempts and I see him in there.  Then the big question will be what hat does he wear…

Your thoughts???

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Happy Birthday Ken Griffey Jr.!!!!

That’s right, ‘The Kid’ turns 39 years old today. 

The kid ain’t so young anymore, but is still one of baseball’s biggest draws!!!  With 20 major league seasons under his belt, the question remains as to how much longer Griffey wants to play.  His numbers have declined sharply in the last few years, but he is still a serviceable defender and when he is hot at the plate, he is one of the game’s best.

For his birthday, I give Griffey 49 more career home runs tying him with Willie Mays.  They each played a very similar style of baseball, and during their primes were considered to be the best center fielders in the sport.

Happy Birthday Griff!!!

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