Mark Mulder has decided to retire at the age of 32 instead of attempting another comeback on a minor league deal. There had been blurbs here and there that Mulder was interested in continuing his career but nothing ever materialized.
Mulder spent nine seasons in the majors and finishes with a career record of 103-60 to go with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He was also a two time All-Star and finished as high as second in Cy Young voting when he won 21 games in 2001.
Most of the success that Mulder had came in his time with Oakland, later he was traded to St. Louis where his name occupied the disabled list more often then the active roster.
Early in their careers the trio of Mulder, Barry Zito and Tim Hudson were compared to the Braves staffs that dominated the NL during the 1990’s and into the 2000’s of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.
For what it’s worth I never compared any of the three to Maddux, Glavine or Smoltz. After all comparing a pitcher after one year to a guy with 200 major league wins just doesn’t make any sense to me. Maybe if Mulder had another 18 years he’d reach 300 career wins too huh?
Does it make me bad for throwing that jab at the end of this article?