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The Mark Mulder Project

I have an idea for Mark Mulder. To put it simply, reinvent yourself as a left handed bullpen specialist. 

From what I have observed during his brief appearances this season, is that he usually could retire the first one or two hitters he faced. And he looked pretty good doing it. It was usually the third hitter where he fell apart, or more accurately finishing off an inning. I see this as screaming psychological problem. I think Mulder has been somewhat mistreated by his doctors, and possibly the team. 

Let me explain what I mean by mistreated. Mark, his doctors and the team kept insisting that his problem was physical. And they have all been continually puzzled. It seems no one had the observation skills or else the balls to address the psychological issue. 

Granted, his arm slot was never the same as in his hey day, but he is not the first pitcher to find himself in this predicament. Others have been able to find an arm position that enables them to pitch again. It seems that Mulder is hung up on exactly recreating his old motion. To me, that is a fool's folly. When you cut open tissue and it heals, it rarely if ever heals exactly as it was before. It has been changed. So it doesn't make sense to buy into Mulder's quest. Why hasn't the team explained this to him? His velocity did not return to what it once was. He didn't have the same bite on his breaking stuff. So what? When he pitched, he didn't look all that bad before he realized it. Then he seemed to panic.

So the Mulder project is to sign him to a minor league contract and place him in A league ball. And instruct him to prepare himself to face one left handed hitter. That's it. This would take the pressure off him worrying about pitching with too many expectations. As well as give him time to rebuild his career. 

After all, his value is near zero. He owes this organization something. And money is no object for him, he has plenty. Something like this may be his only chance to salvage a career. And the team benefits by a very low cost minor leaguer with a tremendous potential upside. And just maybe with a small investment a decent return on money already spent. Normally I would never advocate throwing good money after bad, but this may just be the possible exception. And I think Mulder has a better chance to be a lefty specialist than Izzy has at becoming a closer again.

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