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    20

    Mussina Retires from MLB Just 30 Wins Shy of 300

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    Mike Mussina announced his retirement from the Major Leagues the other day. During his 18-year career, Mussina pitched for only 2 teams – the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, he started 536 games, he amassed 270 wins and he had a career 3.68 ERA. At age 39, he became the oldest player to win 20 games for the first time in his career (Mussina’s friend Jamie Moyer had previously held that honor when he won 20 games in 2001 at the ripe old age of 38). With a 34-start, 200+-innings pitched, 3.37 ERA season under his belt during the 2008 MLB season, it appeared that Mussina had plenty of juice left in his tank to hit the “all-important” 300-win milestone.

    So why retire now? As ESPN’s Buster Olney writes, Mussina is not like most super star athletes who seek the limelight and always want to be remembered for their achievements and awards. Mussina would rather retire to the Quiet Life in Pennsylvania, surrounded by the beautiful Pennsylvania landscape and watching his own children make names for themselves in their respective sports. What a nice way to be able to go out…

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