Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reported on Wednesday morning that the Orioles would induct Mussina and former second baseman Rich Dauer to their Hall of Fame in August.
The Moose was drafted by the Orioles and played ten years in Baltimore with a number of career highlights in their uniform. As Ghiroli points out, he won at least 15 games six times, including back-to-back 19-win seasons, he led the Orioles in wins in 1995 and started the final game at Memorial Stadium and Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,131st consecutive game.
But it’s the eight years that followed that Orioles fans hate.
In 2001 Mussina hit the free agent market and chose a $14 million per-season deal with the Yankees over a $9 million per-season offer from the Orioles.
Which ever side you take, Mussina’s or the franchise’s, inducting him as an Oriole great sends the wrong message to fans. It says that even though you didn’t win here in Baltimore and pitched the latter half of your career on a rival team, you are still deserving to go down as one of the great Orioles of all-time.
Despite the numbers and career highlights being supportive of this theory, I think eight years in New York is too much time for the Moose to be honored by Baltimore.