3. Mike Mussina, 147 Wins
Former Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Mike “Moose” Mussina comes in at No. 3 on the Orioles all-time list for wins. The right-handed pitcher spent 18 memorable MLB seasons, 10 with the O’s and eight with the New York Yankees. Mussina was a member of the 1997 Baltimore Orioles team, one of the last memorable seasons before the decades of losing seasons unraveled.
The Orioles drafted Mussina not once, but twice, first in the 1987 MLB draft and a few years later in the 1990 MLB draft out of Standford University. Shortly after making his MLB debut in 1991, Mussina quickly grew into an All-Star the following season. However, this was just the beginning of three consecutive All-Star appearances.
The 1997 season featured a powerful rotation of Mussina, Scott Erickson and Jimmy Key to help the Orioles advance to the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians. Mussina recorded 15 strikeouts to set a League Championship Series record in a captivating performance.
Above all, Mussina awaits his call to the National Baseball Hall of Fame as he enters his fifth year on the ballot. As part of the 2018 Hall of Fame Ballot, Mussina’s next chance comes later this month as Cooperstown announces the voting results on Jan. 24.
According to Ryan Thibodaux’s crucial Baseball Hall of Fame Tracker, which collects all the public ballots, Mussina 72.8 percent of the votes, just shy of the 75 percent qualification a player needs in order to be elected into the HOF.
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- Orioles Top 5 Catchers of All-Time
- Orioles Top 10 All-Time Leaders in Career Strikeouts
One notable Hall of Fame Mussina belongs to is the Baltimore Orioles. Mussina, along with Rich Dauer and Walter Youse, were inducted into the 2012 Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame.
Although Mussina currently sits No. 3 on the Orioles all-time wins list, he collected 270 wins in his captivating MLB career, two more career wins than the great Jim Palmer (268 wins). Furthermore, Mussina is fifth all-time for AL strikeouts with 2,813, also more than Palmer’s 2,212 strikeouts. Now tell me that isn’t Hall of Fame worthy?