Mike Mussina should go to the Hall of Fame as Yankee.
Out of respect for Baltimore.
The Great Plaque Debate of 2019 is based on the two teams in question and their respective identities and stories. And the fact that the Orioles hold a much higher standard of immortality than the Yankees, and Mussina – through no fault of his own – struggles to clear the former and easily surpass it.
Corrosive Mussina in good shape on Wednesday The Hall of Fame press conference, having spent most of the last decade of radar, itched when, after a second consecutive day, she was asked if he had decided which one Team logo would be on its plaque, if that.
"No," he answered flatly and paused for a moment before saying, "Of course the situation is unique. I would have split my career almost halfway between the two organizations. At the moment I could not sit here and choose between one or the other. They were both there for me to sit here.
"We have some time here to talk to the Hall of Fame and the people there. I think we will make the right decision, no matter what it is. "
As Mussina has hinted, he can not decide alone. The hall has permission rights. However, the legal harder's vote will go a long way, given the length of time he has spent at both clubs ̵
Considering this matter, he should visit Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Take a tour of the game's best ballpark, and you'll see statues of six revered orioles: Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, and Earl Weaver. If you get access to the press room, you'll see a beautiful photo of this beloved sextet along with Orioles caps at a Hall launch ceremony in Cooperstown. They are the only people with Orioles caps in the hall.
Would Mussina belong to a theoretical group photo (Weaver died in 2013) to make it a shiny seven? Does his time in Charm City deserve a statue?
The answer to both questions would be "yes" if he had remained an Oriole throughout his career and ended up with similar numbers. And Mussina would certainly have stayed if the O had not imploded at the end of the 1990s and beyond. No intelligent person accuses Mussina of jumping this damned ship when she was 32 years old and being with the Yankees after the 2000 campaign.
With the Yankees, Mussina became the rare reasonable investment for a huge order (six years and $ 88.5 million) at the time. He played a major role in steering the Yankees to eight playoff appearances and two pennants of the American League in eight years.
When a reporter asked Mussina and his constituents Mariano Rivera and Edgar Martinez about their career highlights, Mussina identified two in the Yankees: his outstanding appearance in the 2003 AL Championship Series in the legendary Game 7 and the final start of his career in which he won 20 games for the first time.
The Yankees are not all "legends" in a photo due to their hugely successful story and George Steinbrenner's penchant for honoring his many favorite warriors. There are 19 interconnected NY in the hall, with Rivera to be placed in 20th place.
And then there is Monument Park, which currently houses 37 Yankees executives, managers and players, including Rivera. If Mussina did not get a ring on the Yankees, he surpassed or surpassed the value provided by dignified inmates like Reggie Jackson, Goose Gossage, Tino Martinez, and Paul O & Neill.
For the Yankees, Mussina is an outstanding investment representative who has earned his living and upheld the good times. For the Orioles Mussina unfortunately represents a glory that has been lost by incompetence well above his salary level.
This is written with a flaw for Baltimore's sports. I have a family there and I know how much the Baltimoreers value their teams and their icons. Maybe a cap without a logo (like Yogi Berra's weird) would be less painful for Orioles fans than the hated Yankees? However, an Orioles cap simply does not feel right for a player who has registered his biggest memories elsewhere, and a franchise that takes his story so seriously.