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Episode 9: Mussin’ Around

Jesse Spector

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Mike Mussina's candidacy for the Hall of Fame remains a topic of hot debate. (Photo by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

To ring in the new year, it’s a special episode of Locked on Yankees which, for the first time, features a guest for the entire show. That guest is the great Steven Goldman, host of The Infinite Inning podcast and formerly of The Pinstriped Bible and Baseball Prospectus. The majority of the show is about Mike Mussina’s candidacy for the Hall of Fame, hence the title of the episode, but that’s also the last thing discussed, which is good, because there’s a lot to get through there.

Before talking about Mussina, the focus is on the 2018 Yankees, starting at third base, where the question remains whether New York is willing to go into the season with rookie Miguel Andujar as the starter. If not, the question of whether free agent Mike Moustakas would be viable on a one-year contract remains in play, with other possibilities also worth considering.

Then, it’s time for some sober talk about Aaron Judge, whom we’ve seen have great success, obviously, but who also has shown himself to be capable of — if not prone to — falling into deep and protracted slumps. What if Judge and Giancarlo Stanton don’t actually wind up being a latter day version of the M&M Boys? But then, what if there is a true and classic power duo on the Yankees’ roster… only Judge is not the guy who is part of it alongside Stanton?

Good news! Locked On Yankees now is available on Stitcher, so go ahead and subscribe there. While the show has not made it to iTunes yet, it’s still possible to work around that by using the show’s RSS feed. Also, remember to follow @LockedOnYankees on Twitter, where you can submit mailbag questions. Those questions, as well as any other missives and queries (including if you want to advertise on the show) can be sent by email to [email protected], so get in touch!

Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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