Former Stanford Pitching Great and MLB All-Star Mike Mussina Announces His Retirement
Nov. 20, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Right-handed pitcher Mike Mussina, who helped pitch Stanford to the 1988 College World Series title, officially announced his retirement today following an 18-year Major League Baseball career that spanned from 1991-2008.
'I'm very happy for Mike and his family,' said longtime Stanford head coach Mark Marquess, who was at the helm for Mussina's three-year career on The Farm. 'He is certainly one of the greatest pitchers in Stanford history, and he enjoyed an outstanding Major League career. I know that his family is very important to him, and now he'll have more time to spend with them. He is a class act on and off the field, and hopefully he will be elected to the Hall of Fame.'
Mussina compiled a career record of 270-153 with a 3.68 ERA and 2,813 strikeouts in 537 appearances (536 starts) with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. He finishes tied for 32nd on Major League Baseball's all-time wins list and 19th for strikeouts. His .638 career winning percentage is the sixth-best all-time among Major Leaguers with at least 500 career starts, while he is one of only 18 pitchers ever to post a career record of at least 115 games over .500.
A five-time All-Star and seven-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, Mussina is one of only five Major League pitchers ever to record 17 consecutive seasons of 10 or more wins, doing so from 1992-2008. 'Moose' also became the only pitcher in American League history to make at least 24 starts in 17-straight campaigns.
In an official statement sent out by the New York Yankees, team captain and teammate Derek Jeter had this to say about Mussina: ''It was a great pleasure playing against -- and even more so -- with Mike Mussina since I entered the league in 1995. He was a true professional both on and off the field. Moose's accomplishments in the game over the last 18 years represent a Hall of Fame player.'
Mussina spent his entire Major League career in the highly competitive and offense-oriented American League East division. He was the 20th overall pick by Baltimore in the 1990 draft, and was in the majors by July 31, 1991. Over 10 seasons in an Orioles uniform, he logged a 147-81 ledger and ranks second all-time in franchise history for strikeouts (1,535) and winning percentage (.645), third in wins, fifth in starts (288) and sixth in innings pitched (2,099.2).
The Montoursville, Pa. native signed with New York prior to the 2001 season and led all American League pitchers in wins over the next eight seasons, going 123-72 with a 3.88 ERA for the Yankees. By finishing 51 games over .500 with the Yankees and 66 games over .500 with the Orioles, he joins Randy Johnson as the only two pitchers since 1900 to own a career record of at least 50 games over .500 with two different teams.
Mussina went out on top, going 20-9 with a 3.37 ERA in 34 starts for New York in 2008. At age 39, he became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to record 20 wins in a season for the first time in his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Mussina becomes the first pitcher to retire immediately following a 20-win season since Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax called it a career following his 27-9 campaign in 1966.
One of the premier pitchers in college baseball during his time on The Farm, Mussina compiled a career 25-12 record with a 3.89 ERA in 49 games (47 starts) from 1988-90. A mainstay of Stanford's staff during the 1988 national championship season, he was named a second team Freshman All-American that year after posting a 9-4 record with a 4.44 ERA in 21 games (20 starts). He went 14-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 1990 for a win total that still ranks tied for second in Stanford history.
All Major League Baseball stats and historical rankings courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau