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  1. One of the chapters in my book discusses hall of fame candidacies and such, and one of interesting parallels I found is that, on B-R’s similarity scores through age 38 for Mike Mussina, the first two players are HOFers (Clark Griffith, Carl Hubbell) and the third is of all people Jack Morris.

    Mussina has had a wonderful career and he’s always been a favorite of mine to watch, but I like to treat the HOF as an historical document recapping the story of certain eras. The guys on your list are integal parts of the story, but as much as I like Mussina, I’m not sure we miss much if he is removed.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — July 28, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

  2. >just 9 home runs allowed? That’s… I don’t even have anything to add to that.

    How about that all 9 were solo home runs?

    Comment by Tom Clancy — July 28, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

  3. Some of these guys better retire quick. Morris and Blyleven will be the only starting pitchers on the ballot for years.

    I think Mussina > Morris and yet Morris will likely get in and Mussina has no shot next to Maddux, Johnson, Glavine, etc.

    Comment by Trev — July 28, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

  4. Every time I see Pedro’s 1999 stats, I have to spend like six minutes crawling around the floor because my eyes fell out and I have to find them and put them back in my head.

    In order to keep this comment from being totally pointless, is there a single season in the history of baseball that’s even remotely close to this kind of pitching performance?

    Comment by philosofool — July 28, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

  5. Yes – 2000 Pedro Martinez. And 1968 Bob Gibson, but that loses a bit of its lustre when you adjust for the run scoring environment of the day.

    Comment by Dave Cameron — July 29, 2008 @ 2:01 am

  6. 1999 Pedro had a BABIP of .339. If only he had been a little luckier on balls in play, he might have had a really good year :)

    Seriously, isn’t it amazing that Pedro is only barely behind Maddux and Johnson in career WPA/LI despite being way behind in IP? Clemens, though, has them all beat handily.

    Comment by Blackadder — July 29, 2008 @ 10:04 am

  7. Heh. Yeah, Pedro 2000 is a comparable performance. With the whole eyes out of head at 1999 thing, I’d never really appreciated that.

    Comment by philosofool — July 29, 2008 @ 3:59 pm

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