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Mussina makes major leap in Hall voting

Former Orioles ace jumps from 24.6 percent to 43 percent
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BALTIMORE -- Mike Mussina drew significantly more support from voters, though the former Orioles and Yankees pitcher did not reach the required 75 percent of votes needed for election into Baseball's Hall of Fame.

In his third year on the ballot, Mike Mussina jumped from 24.6 percent of the vote to 43 percent in voting for thre Baseball Hall of Fame. The voters, comprised of eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), inducted Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza to make up the 2016 Hall of Fame class.

BALTIMORE -- Mike Mussina drew significantly more support from voters, though the former Orioles and Yankees pitcher did not reach the required 75 percent of votes needed for election into Baseball's Hall of Fame.

In his third year on the ballot, Mike Mussina jumped from 24.6 percent of the vote to 43 percent in voting for thre Baseball Hall of Fame. The voters, comprised of eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), inducted Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza to make up the 2016 Hall of Fame class.

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Drafted and signed by the Orioles in 1990, Mussina was a five-time American League All-Star who put together an impressive career. He is third in Baltimore history in wins (147), second in strikeouts (1,535) and second in winning percentage (.645).

A consistent force, Mussina -- who reached the 20-win mark in his final season -- was also incredibly dependable on the big stage. In 23 career postseason games (21 starts), he posted a 3.42 ERA, including a 3.00 mark in three World Series outings. His best performance came with the Orioles in 1997, when he went 2-0 with a 1.24 ERA, 41 strikeouts and a .112 opponents' average over four starts.

Only five pitchers can match Mussina's seven Gold Glove Awards, one of which came in his final season, and he had eight seasons with a perfect fielding percentage.

Often overlooked because he wasn't flashy and played in an era dominated by high-powered offenses, Mussina never won a Cy Young Award, but he did finish in the top six in voting nine times.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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