Rivera, Halladay, Mussina. who do you draft.

craig44craig44 Posts: 2,659 ✭✭✭✭
edited January 29, 2019 11:21AM in Sports Talk

I saw this thread posted on a baseball forum I frequent and thought it may be interesting to see where everyone here falls. If you were a GM and was able to draft one of these three pitchers who were chosen for the hall of fame this year as a rookie, who would you choose and why?

My Draft list would be
Mussina- longevity and excellence
Halladay- excellence but hampered by injury some years
a distant third
Rivera- the innings he threw were great, but far too few of them.

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  • DIMEMANDIMEMAN Posts: 17,907 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Rivera - closers like him come along once in a lifetime.


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  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 18,248 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 29, 2019 1:04PM

    Rivera
    Mussina
    Doc

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  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 17,762 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Mussina

  • 1970s1970s Posts: 1,979 ✭✭✭✭

    You draft depending on the needs of your club. If you need a starting pitcher who will give you longevity and innings, you draft Moose. If you are close to winning the world series, you draft Doc. If your bullpen needs help and you're a contender, and not a .500 or lower club, then you go after Rivera.

    Not sure I like this question. Can you present it in a different way ?

  • TabeTabe Posts: 3,131 ✭✭✭

    @DIMEMAN said:
    Rivera - closers like him come along once in a lifetime.

    Kinda depends on how you look at it. Guys who will be successful in 89% of their save attempts are a dime a dozen. Guys who will do that for 19 years? That's tougher to find (obviously).

    So the question becomes, "how long are you needing the guy you're drafting?" 1 year? 5? 15?

  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 18,248 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I just know I watched the Tigers fretter away their WS chances with great starters and poop relievers so I’m biased. The game is players different when you have a legit stopper

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  • JRR300JRR300 Posts: 124 ✭✭

    It has to be a starter; true #1's are impossible to find. I think I would choose Doc. In my mind just a bit ahead of Mussina and his ability to finish games would eliminate some of the need for Rivera. Can't really go wrong here.

  • grote15grote15 Posts: 26,643 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd take Halladay.



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  • craig44craig44 Posts: 2,659 ✭✭✭✭

    Halladay is a great choice. Really could be a toss up with he and moose. Docs top seasons were better than mussinas, but Mike had more quality seasons. Peak vs longevity. One could make the argument that moose was ready to go as a full time starter by year two doc wasn't ready till year 5.

    At any rate, top shelf starters bring much more value to a team than even the best relievers. MLB GM's agree.

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