Mark Mulder Retires

Mark Mulder has only appeared in six games since 2006, but it wasn't until yesterday that the left-hander officially announced his retirement. Mulder, 32, told Jeff Fletcher of AOL FanHouse that he has retired from baseball and is instead devoting himself to becoming a better golfer.

A few months ago, it seemed that Mulder could return to pitch this season, since he was not ready to retire. The Brewers then seemed like a possible destination, but Mulder hasn't touched a baseball since February, so his baseball career is over.

"I guess I have retired," Mulder said.

The two-time All Star was one third of Oakland's "Big Three," along with Barry Zito and Tim Hudson. Mulder retires with a 103-60 record, a 4.18 ERA in 1314 innings, 834 strikeouts and, according to Baseball-Reference, about $33MM in career earnings.

The A's got more than memories from Mulder. They obtained Dan Haren for him in 2004, and later flipped Haren for Brett Anderson and others, so there are traces of Mulder on the current A's team.

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  1. jwredsox 5 years ago


    • giantsfan4life 5 years ago

      He’s not eligible for HoF consideration since he doesn’t have 10 years of service time in the majors.

      • jwredsox 5 years ago

        I was kidding anyway. I post HoF? for every retired player.

        • vtadave 5 years ago

          and you do this why?

          • jwredsox 5 years ago

            For the fun of it. You can’t say you don’t get a giggle when you see Eric Byrnes Retires and the first post you see is, Hall of Famer?

          • aap212 5 years ago

            The hall of fame has made it impossible to discern a joke. Phil Rizzuto is a hall of famer and Ron Santo is not.

          • Phil Rizzuto got in because he’s a popular Yankee. I bet Nick Swisher makes the HOF too.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      Not even slightly close. Most people don’t even think Mussina or Kevin Brown are hall of famers.

      • redsandyanksfan 5 years ago

        I actually think the moose should be not just cause im a yankee fan but he was pretty good and i dont think he needed that many Wins from 300 im wanting to say maybe 22? not really sure but still there should be consideration

        • Yankees420 5 years ago

          The Moose has 270 career wins over 3562.2 IP and a 3.68 ERA, my favorite stat of his is the 1.98 career BB/9. Is he HOF worthy? I’d like to see him get in, and if he does it’ll probably take a few years before he gets the votes.

        • aap212 5 years ago

          I think he’s right around the same level of deserving as Schilling and the non-Maddux Braves guys. In other words, I think he belongs. And I’m not a Yankee or Oriole fan. But it won’t happen. That was my point. Brown, too, has credentials way better than he’ll get credit for.

          • redsandyanksfan 5 years ago

            I think he belongs and brown should do but people is always going to talk about that big contract he got and drag him down but brown was a hell of a pitcher he put all he had into the game as did moose and i think moose could have got those 300 wiins if he stayed like Yankees420 stated the stats, and what is so incredible is that BB/9 ratio

  2. aap212 5 years ago

    Not to belittle a guy who was a very good major league starter, but I’ll be really glad to stop reading free agency rumors about a guy who hasn’t been slightly healthy or good in half a decade.

  3. Mulder retired after the first year with the Cards. He just didn’t know it. There is no guessing about his retirement, it’s been over for years just minus the official statement.

  4. He was a great pitcher for the A’s, such an amazing 1-2-3 w/ Zito & Hudson also. All young all-stars. Remember the good times of Mulder

  5. BradyAndersonsSideburns 5 years ago

    The first thing I think of whenever I hear his name was the one start he made a couple years ago for St Louis. It was his first start of the year and me and my friend were trying to figure out exactly how many innings he would go before his arm would fall off. He said 5 innings, I said 2. He ended up pitching 1/3 of the game before being taken out and hitting the DL so we were both wrong. That poor man got hurt just looking at the baseball field. What a shame, he was a great pitcher earlier in his career when he was healthy.

  6. 04Forever 5 years ago

    sad, another talent destroyed by nagging injuries. what comes to mind is that saying “better to burnout then fade away”, i wonder which category he technically falls under…

  7. rayking 5 years ago

    As the Cards lost to Haren on Saturday, I cursed the name of Mark Mulder. Haren is 4-0 with a 3.72 ERA in four career starts vs. StL. Damn you, Mark Mulder.

    • and yet you won a world series with him, i’d hardly be complaining.

      • rayking 5 years ago

        He didn’t pitch in the playoffs that year because he was hurt, and he was 6-7 with a 7.14 ERA in the regular season.

        That being said, Jocketty is to blame; Mulder didn’t trade himself for Haren, Kiko and Barton. He deserves no personal ill will, I was just venting.

  8. ReverendBlack 5 years ago

    $33M takes the edge off.

  9. Somebody should tell him we’re entering a dead ball era.

  10. Daric Barton, Brett Anderson, Chris Carter… Mulder will continue to be the gift that keeps on giving for the A’s. That trade will go down as Billy Beane’s finest moment.

    • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

      Seriously. Mulder was definitely a stud at the time of the trade, but man what a haul.

  11. Daric Barton, Brett Anderson, Chris Carter… Mulder will continue to be the gift that keeps on giving for the A’s. That trade will go down as Billy Beane’s finest moment.

  12. ReverendBlack 5 years ago

    Piss off.

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