Around the Majors: Mussina wants to stay with the Yankees

1) According to the NY Daily News, Yankees P Mike Mussina says he would like to re-sign with the Yankees. Mussina will be a free agent at the end of the season and would be interested in talking about an extension now, but GM Brian Cashman might prefer waiting until after the season.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 34   23   3.40   31  31  214.2  195  8.18  9.85  17   8   0  15  10  Yankees      
2004 35   -3   4.59   27  27  164.2  132  7.21 12.02  12   9   0  10  11  Yankees      
2005 36    1   4.41   30  30  179.2  142  7.11 12.67  13   8   0  11  10  Yankees      
CAREER   292   3.64  443 443 3013   2400  7.17 10.76 224 127   0 210 141 
LG AVG     0   4.58          3013   2059  6.15 13.19 169 169 

Mussina ranks 10th in AL history for career RSAA–

RSAA  
1    Lefty Grove                 668   
2    Walter Johnson              643   
3    Roger Clemens               613   
4    Pedro Martinez              348   
5    Whitey Ford                 321   
6    Bert Blyleven               318   
7    Jim Palmer                  314   
8    Hal Newhouser               309   
9    Tommy Bridges               301   
10   Mike Mussina                292   

2) According to the New York Times, Kevin Brown has decided to retire.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1996 31   53   1.89   32  32  233    159  6.14  9.12  17  11   0  22   6  Marlins      
1999 34   40   3.00   35  35  252.1  221  7.88  9.84  18   9   0  18   9  Dodgers      
2000 35   43   2.58   33  33  230    216  8.45  9.27  13   6   0  14   5  Dodgers      

2003 38   38   2.39   32  32  211    185  7.89 10.45  14   9   0  17   6  Dodgers      
2004 39    5   4.09   22  22  132     83  5.66 11.59  10   6   0   9   7  Yankees      
2005 40  -17   6.50   13  13   73.1   50  6.14 16.32   4   7   0   4   7  Yankees      
CAREER   304   3.28  486 476 3256.1 2397  6.62 11.38 211 144   0 218 137 
LG AVG     0   4.30          3256.1 2270  6.27 12.88 183 182 

Brown ranks 10th on the all time list for best career ERA vs. the league average (min: 2000 IP)–

ERA                             DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE    RSAA    
1    Pedro Martinez             1.74     2.72     4.45      509   
2    Lefty Grove                1.36     3.06     4.42      668   
3    Roger Clemens              1.26     3.12     4.38      698   
4    Hoyt Wilhelm               1.24     2.52     3.76      282   
5    Randy Johnson              1.24     3.11     4.35      528   
6    Lefty Gomez                1.16     3.34     4.50      241   
7    Whitey Ford                1.10     2.74     3.84      321   
8    Walter Johnson             1.07     2.17     3.24      643   
9    Greg Maddux                1.06     3.01     4.07      553   
10   Kevin Brown                1.03     3.28     4.30      304   

Brown ranks 13th in career RSAA over the past half century–

RSAA  
1    Roger Clemens               698   
2    Greg Maddux                 553   
3    Randy Johnson               528   
4    Pedro Martinez              509   
5    Tom Seaver                  404   
6    Bob Gibson                  350   
7    Bert Blyleven               344   
8    Phil Niekro                 322   
9    Gaylord Perry               317   
T10  Jim Palmer                  314   
T10  Curt Schilling              314   
12   Tom Glavine                 308   
13   Kevin Brown                 304   
14   Mike Mussina                292   
15   Steve Carlton               282   

3) Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He will have surgery later in spring training. Jaramillo will be with the team until the surgery and plans to be back by Opening Day.

4) Pitchers and catchers report today for the Twins. They are the final team to have pitchers & catchers report.

5) Position players report today for the Mets and Orioles.

6) According to the Delaware County Times, Phillies C Mike Lieberthal is considering retiring at the end of the season.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   31   18  .373  .453  .825  .607   6.20  .313  13   81    0  131  Phillies     
2004   32   -6  .335  .447  .783  .463   4.86  .271  17   61    1  131  Phillies     
2005   33   -5  .336  .418  .755  .463   5.04  .263  12   47    0  118  Phillies     
CAR          1  .339  .449  .788  .498   5.25  .275 141  573    8 1107 
LG AVG       0  .343  .432  .775  .500   5.23  .270 125  521   75 
POS AVG    -89  .327  .403  .730  .422   4.43  .258 110  500   21 

7) The Reds released P Josh Hancock.

Hancock was a nonroster invitee and the team wasn’t happy about him showing up 17 pounds overweight.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 25    0   3.00    2   0    3      4 12.00  6.00   0   0   0   0   0  Phillies     
2004 26   -8   5.09   16  11   63.2   36  5.09 14.42   5   2   0   3   4  Phillies/Reds
2005 27    4   1.93   11   0   14      5  3.21  7.71   1   0   0   1   0  Reds         
CAREER    -3   4.40   32  12   88     51  5.22 12.58   6   3   0   5   4 
LG AVG     0   4.31            88     65  6.67 12.82   5   5 

8) Today’s birthdays–

KEITH ATHERTON, AGE: 47
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
CAREER     6   3.99  342   0  566.1  349  5.55 12.25  33  41  26  39  35 
LG AVG     0   4.12           566.1  342  5.43 12.56  32  32 

MIGUEL BATISTA, AGE: 35
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 32   27   3.54   36  29  193.1  142  6.61 12.34  10   9   0  12   7  Diamondbacks 
2004 33    3   4.80   38  31  198.2  104  4.71 13.82  10  13   5  12  11  Blue Jays    
2005 34    3   4.10   71   0   74.2   54  6.51 13.14   5   8  31   7   6  Blue Jays    
CAREER    21   4.44  363 152 1175.1  760  5.82 13.33  57  71  37  68  60 
LG AVG     0   4.39          1175.1  869  6.65 12.91  66  66 

TIM BURKE, AGE: 47
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1985 26   13   2.39   78   0  120.1   87  6.51 10.25   9   4   8   8   5  Expos        
1987 28   32   1.19   55   0   91     58  5.74  8.01   7   0  18   6   1  Expos        
1989 30   10   2.55   68   0   84.2   54  5.74  9.57   9   3  28   8   4  Expos        
CAREER    76   2.72  498   2  699.1  444  5.71 11.12  49  33 102  50  32 
LG AVG     0   3.70           699.1  451  5.80 12.01  39  39 

ALVARO ESPINOZA, AGE: 44
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1989   27  -21  .301  .332  .633  .330   3.14  .282   0   41    3  146  Yankees      
1990   28  -29  .258  .274  .532  .217   2.13  .224   2   20    1  150  Yankees      
1994   32  -23  .258  .307  .566  .159   2.25  .238   1   19    1   90  Indians      
CAR       -135  .279  .331  .610  .284   2.86  .254  22  201   13  942 
LG AVG       0  .333  .404  .737  .500   4.68  .264  68  327   51 
POS AVG    -47  .319  .373  .693  .428   4.06  .257  49  286   38 

JOHN MORRILL, 1855-1932
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1881   26   12  .316  .379  .695  .618   6.59  .289   1   39    0   81  Braves       
1882   27   18  .324  .424  .748  .640   7.44  .289   2   54    0   83  Braves       
1883   28   36  .344  .525  .868  .698   9.64  .319   6   68    0   97  Braves       
1885   30   12  .334  .343  .677  .591   6.14  .226   4   44    0  111  Braves       
CAR         65  .310  .367  .677  .545   6.00  .260  43  643   61 1265 
LG AVG       0  .296  .348  .645  .500   5.63  .260  30  543  102 
POS AVG    148  .319  .382  .702  .585   6.70  .278  39  642   81 

DICK SIEBERT, 1912-78
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1940   28  -18  .325  .383  .709  .399   4.38  .286   5   77    8  154  A's          
1942   30  -21  .291  .333  .624  .364   3.40  .260   2   74    4  153  A's          
1943   31  -22  .295  .328  .623  .336   3.03  .251   1   72    6  146  A's          
CAR        -41  .331  .379  .710  .464   4.56  .282  32  482   30 1035 
LG AVG       0  .344  .387  .731  .500   4.90  .271  60  475   52 
POS AVG     63  .353  .418  .771  .548   5.47  .274  93  558   46 

DAVE STEWART, AGE: 49
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1991 34  -34   5.18   35  35  226    144  5.73 14.30  11  11   0   8  14  A's          
1994 37  -18   5.87   22  22  133.1  111  7.49 14.65   7   8   0   6   9  Blue Jays    
1995 38  -23   6.89   16  16   81     58  6.44 15.78   3   7   0   3   7  A's          
CAREER    -8   3.95  523 348 2629.2 1741  5.96 12.30 168 129  19 154 143 
LG AVG     0   4.09          2629.2 1633  5.59 12.60 147 147 

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