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The Year the Orioles Outspent the Yankees

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The Baltimore Orioles were the last team to outspend the New York Yankees. It happened in 1998. But what did the Orioles get for their money?

Today in Sports History: September 2nd

(Everett and Mussina. Photo by Lawrence Jackson, AP) 9/02/1972 - Pappas loses perfect gameMilt Pappas of the Chicago Cubs was just one out away from throwing a perfect game, from retiring all 27...

When I first started posting on more intelligent baseball boards a few years ago, I came across a...

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When I first started posting on more intelligent baseball boards a few years ago, I came across a couple ideas I hadn't much thought before. The first was that Curt Schilling, Mike Mussina and Kevin Brown were all fairly similar to eachother, and the second was that they all probably belonged in the Hall of Fame. Sean Smith's WAR would seem to agree with the first point very much, as this graph shows. The second point is up for debate, but, on this graph, I've included a Hall of Famer that few disagree with for comparison: Willie McCovey. Over the last couple decades we've been blessed with four of the very greatest pitchers who have ever lived, and they were all at their best in a very close period of time. As a result, I think the Mussinas and Browns got forgotten a little as second rate pitchers, but they were still very much great. Over recent years, it's become accept that Tom Glavine and John Smoltz are Hall of Famers (with good reason), and it seems Mussina may have joined that class as well (with more difficulty than he should have faced). Schilling might be in that group, too, but Brown -- always seemingly underrated -- belongs in their conversation, as well. Also of interest, perhaps in a later piece, is a third tier of pitchers behind even this including names like David Cone and -- to my shock -- Bret Saberhagen who aren't so far behind this group that they should be easily dismissed (though I know Sabes already has been). A large version can be found here. Career path can be found here. Career Totals Mussina: 74.8 Schilling: 69.8 McCovey: 66.7 Brown: 64.9

Rivalry Thoughts

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"The Thinker: A-Rod edition", via dugoutdiary.mlblogs.com State of the Rivalry So the Yankees come to Boston tonight. Color me nonplussed. It's hard to get too excited about one Sox-Yankee...

This Week's Episode of: WTF?

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With Ramirez enjoying his latest outburst against his favorite foe, New York reliever Kyle Farnsworth threw a 97 mph fastball behind the slugger's neck on the first pitch of the seventh inning, d...

Thinking About Mike Mussina

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Using Gameday's pitch tracker (the setup for which you can read about here), I went back over Mike Mussina's first start to see if we can see a difference in his pitches. Now, the biggest knock I...

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