Two years after retiring at the tender age of 32, Mark Mulder is still around the game of baseball as an analyst for ESPN. However, he’s also enjoying success in a new sport, having won three times on the Golf Channel Am Tour this season.
Mulder talks about his experiences on our sister blog, GolfTalkCentral. The entry also mentions that he’s recruited fellow former big leaguers Jermaine Dye and Orlando Hernandez to play in Am Tour events.
Mulder was a 21-game winner as a sophomore for the A’s in 2001, but because of shoulder problems, he had his last strong season at age 27 with St. Louis in 2005. He last pitched in the majors in 2008, and he gave up his final comeback bid when he announced his retirement in 2010.
Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.
If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.
In other news, the Rays announced a new blog: