I’m not exactly clear why, but somehow people have decided it’s news Mike Mussina is going to retire.
Mussina told John Feinstein that for a book published in the spring. He indicated it after his last start in September. On Nov. 7, Joe Girardi told reporters in New York that Mussina told him he was going to retire. Brian Cashman said much the same at the GM Meetings that week.
And guess what? Moose is going to retire. As was reported in most New York papers earlier this week, the announcement will come later this week. As is his way, Mussina wanted to wait until the World Series was over and all the BBWAA awards were announced so as not to upstage anybody.
Good for Mussina. He walks away after his best season and can do so without regret. He made plenty of money and he was one of the best pitchers of his generation.
If you don’t think so, consider this: Mussina is one of 25 pitchers to have won 270 games since 1900. Only five â€“ Lefty Grove, Christy Mathewson, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Grover Cleveland Alexander â€“ have a higher winning percentage than Mussinaâ€™s .638.
Just returned from Joe Girardi’s charity event in Manhattan. No big news came out of it, but I’ll blog a report later.