Mark Mulder Not Ready To Retire

8:58pm: Mulder told Slusser that even though he is going to "shut [his arm] down from throwing," he is not calling it quits just yet.

1:14pm: Mulder's agent Gregg Clifton told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that reports of his client retiring are not accurate, as Mulder hasn't made a decision.  However, Mulder's former teammate Eric Chavez told MLB.com's Jane Lee the pitcher is "done."

8:45am: Lefty Mark Mulder is retiring, according to television reports from Today's TMJ4 of Milwaukee.  The 32-year-old has been unable to contribute in the big leagues after having rotator cuff surgery in September of '06.

Mulder would finish with a 4.18 ERA and 103 wins in nine seasons for the Athletics and Cardinals spanning 1,314 innings.  88 of those wins came from 2001-05.  He won three postseason games, with a 2.34 ERA in 42.3 innings.  Mulder finished second in the Cy Young voting in his sophomore season, and made two All-Star teams.  According to Baseball-Reference, Mulder banked about $33MM in his career.


46 Responses to Mark Mulder Not Ready To Retire Leave a Reply

  1. BravesRed 5 years ago

    I thought he was going to sign a minor league deal with that Brewers?

    • Guest 5 years ago

      And after that the Cubs were interested. If he ends up retiring, He will always be remembered for his part in the A’s big three in the rotation.

      • Ferrariman 5 years ago

        So being the co-ace in the 2006 world series team means nothing?

        • Ferrariman 5 years ago

          oh crap, forget i said that. forgot mulder was taken off the world series roster because of injuries till now.

  2. BravesRed 5 years ago

    I thought he was going to sign a minor league deal with that Brewers?

  3. It’s a shame what happened to the big three after Oakland. Those were guys I could root for. Oh well.

    NERDNOTE: They were AWESOME in MVP Baseball 2004.

    • Great game. I was 19 at the time and with commute and a side job on saturday I was working about 110 hours a week, and the only thing i got to look forward too was playing my franchise in that game at night. Trot Nixon was also insane as a platoon guy in right when I had him Andruw Jones and Pujols in the OF.

      • ivdown 5 years ago

        2004 was the best game if you wanted to just completely dominate. I had seasons where I only lost 4 games total. I did this, of course, with some created players who were very good, but even in today’s games it’s hard to win 120 games.

        My favorite was MVP 05 (like most everyone else, really), and I loved to get Karim Garcia, Chris Woodard, and E. Durazo. Those 3 guys were platoon beasts.

        • who was on the cover of 04 and 05 i think manny was on one,…but the one with randy johnson and miguel tejada was my favorite, i think this one was 03

        • start_wearing_purple
          start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

          2005 was great, I always traded for Quinlan… you could get for almost nothing and he made a perfect DH for 3-4 years. It was always fun playing as the Royals and acquiring Peavy and Miguel Cabrera relatively cheap.

        • Rootdown 5 years ago

          Pfft. Created players. Okay Mr. Canseco.

      • Mario Saavedra 5 years ago

        I used to play MVP baseball 2005 a lot, too. bad they stopped making those games, they were great.

    • melonis_rex 5 years ago

      Huddy’s still good.

      • LawUSA87 5 years ago

        Yeah Huddy is still very good wish we could say the same for Zito and as for Mulder it is sad to see what has happened to him out of all of them he was my favorite.

    • dickboston 5 years ago

      Best game ever. I still play it, in fact I prefer to play it over any of my other baseball games..

    • losingfaithinmightymelvin 5 years ago

      Side note: MVP Baseball 2004 was awesome. God I miss that franchise…stupid 2k Sports

  4. ejones91 5 years ago

    noooooooo billy bean sign him to a minor league deal for the bullpen

  5. ejones91 5 years ago

    noooooooo billy bean sign him to a minor league deal for the bullpen

  6. Coming from a Mets fan you’re argument may hold more water.

  7. RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

    Man such a shame .1 second he’s a great pitcher for 1 team and then gets injured and retires.Man I was hoping he would come back to the Majors period.Oh well good luck Mulder.

  8. i was really hoping he would sign a minor league deal with the Brewers. This actually comes as a shock as I thought he was finally healthy and ready to make a comeback. Maybe he’ll regret his decision and come back next year?

  9. SmackSaw 5 years ago

    The Mets will make one final push now.

  10. melonis_rex 5 years ago

    One of my favorite pitchers of my youth…

  11. 0vercast 5 years ago

    Damn shame…
    I always thought he was the best of the A’s “Big Three” back in those days. It looks now that Dan Haren may go down as the best of them, and he was their 4th starter. haha

    • JerseyJohn32190 5 years ago

      Pretty sure Haren went to the A’s in the deal that sent Mulder to the Cards so he was never in the same rotation as the Big Three

    • Dan Haren, Kiko Calero, and Daric Barton were traded for Mulder in 2004. Three days before the Mulder trade, Tim Hudson was traded to the Braves for Juan Cruz, Dan Meyer and Charles Thomas.

      Dan Haren was never the 4th starter with the Big Three.

    • 0vercast 5 years ago

      OOPS. My mistake!

  12. well, that’s 1 way to stop the brewers from signing retread cardinal pithers that don’t have anything left.

  13. penpaper 5 years ago

    I’ll like to know why he’s retiring. Is he getting no offers or his health THAT bad?

    • mattinglyfan 5 years ago

      Good question but I would think if he was healthy he would get offers and take a low-base salary/incentive contract.

    • pnedwek 5 years ago

      His shoulder is shot

  14. Guest 5 years ago

    Well I’m glad hes undecided. He is still my pick to come second in the NL Comeback Player of the year voting behind Jose Reyes.

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 5 years ago

      If the Mets can somehow make the playoffs, then the entire team should share the NL CPOTY.

  15. Holy_Roman_Emperor 5 years ago

    Congrats Mark Mulder……………….. I hope you enjoy the rest of your life playing Halo and living off of all of that banked 33 million………………….. I knew once you got that big deal and financial security that your will to pitch would crumble. Enjoy your 70 year retirement.

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

      Yeah, I guess that’s why he endured two shoulder surgeries, countless hours of rehab, countless hours of work with physical therapists, conditioning exercises, working with old coaches, working with potentially new coach’s to try to pitch again. So he could sit home and count his money.

    • losingfaithinmightymelvin 5 years ago

      Where’s the dislike button?

      • Holy_Roman_Emperor 5 years ago

        Where’s the “some people take this forum way too seriously” button???

  16. drumzalicious 5 years ago

    wow this is kind of sad. Wonder if Boston could get anything out of him they do a great job with injured pitchers

  17. RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

    Now ya’ll are saying he isn’t ready to retire ?I swear ,are ya’ll just saying all this to have something to talk about on MLBTR? Jesus Christ

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