Mark Mulder mulling idea of a second comeback attempt

Mark Mulder is a former All-Star pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals whose career was cut short by injuries.

Mark Mulder was once one of the elite pitchers in the game. He was drafted number two overall by the Oakland Athletics in 1998 and thus began his stellar, yet short, career.

Mark Mulder, Barry Zito & Tim Hudson.  V.J. Lovero/Getty Images.
Mark Mulder, Barry Zito & Tim Hudson. V.J. Lovero/Getty Images.

As part of Oakland’s “Big Three” along with Barry Zito and Tim Hudson, he helped lead the Athletics to four straight playoff appearances from 2000 to 2004. In 2001 at the young age of 23 he finished second to Roger Clemens in the CY Young award voting, going 21-8 with a 3.45 ERA.

In 2004 the Athletics traded Mulder to the St. Louis Cardinals in a four-player deal that brought pitcher Dan Haren to Oakland.

In 2005, Mulder’s first year in St. Louis, he put up numbers similar to his 2001 Cy Young runner-up performance. He finished the year 16-8 with a 3.64 ERA.

Then things slowly started to fall apart for then 28-year-old Mulder. He underwent surgeries on his left shoulder twice in 2006 and 2007. He maintained that after the surgeries his should just didn’t feel or work right.

With his hopes of continuing on in the Majors seemingly dashed, the left hander officially reitred from the game in 2009 and in 2011 he became an analyst for ESPN.

In 2013, after he’d been out of the game for half a decade, Mulder saw something on television that changed his entire perception of his own pitching.

During the 2013 playoffs Mulder noticed something a little different in the delievery of Los Angeles Dodgers’ reliever Paco Rodriguez.

Mark Mulder. Getty Images.
Mark Mulder. Getty Images.

What he saw was a movenet in Rodriguez’s delivery that he could imitate without feeling any pain in his shoulder.

After months of hard work and getting back into shape Mulder was given a chance at a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels that included an invite to big league spring training.

Unfortunately that deal was very short lived. On the first day of spring training he ruptured his achilles tendon during warm ups, thus ending his comeback attempt.

Well it ended his 2014 comeback but it may not have ended his quest to comeback to baseball. There had been rumors that Mulder, now 37, was still planning to give the game one last shot in 2015.

Saturday ESPN’s Jerry Crasnik helped make those rumors start becoming closer to actual facts,

Of course these are not exactly facts, yet, but we now know they is truth to the rumor that Mark Mulder may just give it one final shot and he should, If he can pitch without pain, then why not?

He was once one of the best. Many pitchers pitch into their forties, in the case of Jamie Moyer, he played his final game at the age of 49.191 years of age.

Mulder stopped pitching do to pain rendering him ineffective. If he can pitch without pain, there is every possibility that he could succeed, maybe even thrive.

That’s not to say that he’ll be a starter or a reliever right off the bat. Moyer, for example, was a starter in his youth and a reliever later in age.

Mark Mulder. Getty Images.
Mark Mulder. Getty Images.

Mulder was planning on fightng for a spot in the Angels’ starting rotation last season but at this point I think he would take just pitching in baseball again.

I’m speculating here of course. I don’t know what Mark Mulder officially would want upon returning to baseball but I would absolutely like to.

Not that he’ll see this little blog. However, pretending he did I’d ask him,

“Mr. Mulder, any thoughts?” 

LOL. I’m laughing at my presumptiousness that he’d ever see my blog and also at the idea of calling a guy I once referred to as “Marky,” “Mr. Mulder.

To continue, upon the completion of his rehab for his ruptured achilles tendon on Friday, Mulder said that his ankle was find and that with his new delivery there was every chance he would try one more time to make a comeback.

Again we have Mr. Crasnik and Twitter to thank for this very intriquing news,

Personally, I wish Mulder all the best in his endeavors whatever they may be but it would certainly be an inspiring story to see him make a successful return to Major League Baseball.

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