Mark Mulder To Retire At Age Of 32

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2010

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - AUGUST 23:  Mark Mulder #30 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on August 23, 2006 in New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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             Two time all star Mark Mulder has opted to hang up the cleats rather then attempting a comeback with the Milwaukee Brewers.

             Mulder was just 32, but never seemed the same after leaving Oakland. He was second in Cy Young voting back in 2001 and was an AL All Star in 2003 and 2004.

             According to Mulder sent Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson a text message Monday announcing/confirming his retirement which the Brewers had expected. He signed a minor league contract with the Brewers recently hoping to make a comeback from rotator cuff surgery.

             Mulder had been plagued with injuries ever since leaving Oakland in 2004. And although his first year in ST. Louis was good he was just never the same after leaving Oakland. He finished his career with a record of 103-60 and a 4.18 ERA.

             He was the second overall pick in the 1998 MLB Draft. And he left us with a lot of questions about how great he could have been if not for injuries. With Mulder the skills on the mound were never in question but rather if he would ever be able to get on the mound and use them.