Mike Mussina hasn’t thought much about the possibility of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. At least, that’s what he told the media during his visit to the warehouse on Friday.
Mussina and former second baseman Rich Dauer will be honored by the Orioles before Saturday’s game as they will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.
For many in Baltimore, it may be difficult to see Mussina honored after watching him spend eight seasons with the arch-rival New York Yankees. Folks in my generation view him as the guy that fled Baltimore for more money in the Bronx. That might not have been exactly how it went down, but nearly half of his career was spent in New York after coming up through the Orioles system.
The Moose is now nearly four years removed from the big leagues and his numbers indicate he will be close to Hall of Fame caliber. He was asked whether he would go in as an Oriole or a Yankee should he get the call at all. “That’s a tough question, because my career obviously is pretty evenly split between both places,” Mussina said according to MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko. He spent 10 years in Baltimore and 8 in New York.
“You eliminate one and it changes everything about what I was able to do. I accomplished a lot of things here, I accomplished a lot of things in New York. I can’t stand here and say it’s one over the other.”
But you’ve got to think that he’s thought about it before this year, right?
“Baltimore people want me to say Baltimore, New York people want me to say New York. When I was here, I loved being here, and there’s nothing else I can say about it. This was the only place I had known for the first 10 years of my career and it was a great place to play and it was tough to leave when I had to go.”
He won 20 games with the Yankees in 2008 and reached the World Series in both 2001 and 2003. I would be shocked if Mussina wore an Orioles cap in Cooperstown.