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Former ace out as A's analyst: “It was something that I really enjoyed”


By Curtis Pashelka, Bay Area News Group

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

OAKLAND Mark Mulder is out as an As color analyst for NBC Sports California after two years, and the former all-star left-handed pitcher has no idea why.
Mulder on Tuesday told The Damon Bruce Show on 95.7 The Game that he will not be back in the broadcast booth this season alongside Glen Kuiper for As telecasts. Mulder would fill in occasionally for regular color analyst Ray Fosse.
Asked if he has more As broadcasts in his future, Mulder said, I wish I did, but I dont.
NBC decided to go in a different direction and Im not going to be doing any games this year, unfortunately. It was something that I really enjoyed these last two years.
Mulder, 40, said the network contacted him a little over a month ago, I suppose, and said, were going to go in a different direction. So while unfortunate, I appreciate the time I had in those clubhouses and out on the field and talking baseball for the As fans.
NBC Sports California announced Wednesday afternoon that another former As pitcher, Dallas Braden, will join the broadcast team as a baseball analyst.
Braden will be featured in 35 telecasts as a color commentator and also do 54 games in a newly created role of field analyst. According to a NBC Sports California news release, the new role will allow Braden to report from a unique vantage point close to the action. Braden will also continue in his role as a studio analyst for select pregame and postgame shows.
The network also announced longtime in-stadium host Kara Tsuboi will also join the telecasts as a sideline reporter for a limited number of home games.
Mulder played five of his nine major league seasons with the As and had a record of 81-42 from 2000-2004. He made two all-star teams while in Oakland and was the American League starter for the midsummer classic in 2004.
Mulder, a scratch golfer who has won the American Century Championship near Lake Tahoe the past three years, will be competing in the Diamond Resort Invitational in Orlando, Fla. this weekend.