Mark Mulder Joins CSN California as A's Color Commentator

Mark Mulder Joins CSN California as A's Color Commentator

Mulder to Provide Color Commentary for 20 A’s Telecasts During 2016 MLB Season

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 21, 2016) – CSN California (@CSNAuthentic), the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” today announced that former Oakland Athletics pitcher Mark Mulder (@markmulder20), has joined the broadcast team as a color commentator and will be featured in 20 telecasts during the 2016 MLB season.  

“While Mark’s exceptional career on the field speaks for itself, he has recently separated himself as one of television’s premier baseball analysts,” said Ken Pries, A’s vice president of communications and broadcasting. “His addition to our award-winning broadcast crew will add another dimension to this season’s A’s telecasts.”

“Mark’s popularity with A’s fans and his deep knowledge of the game make him a perfect fit to join a broadcast team that is already one of the best in baseball,” said David Koppett, senior executive producer of live events, CSN Bay Area and CSN California.  “We’re excited to add Mark’s insight to the terrific work of Glen Kuiper and Ray Fosse."

Mulder played nine years in the majors with the A’s (2000-2004) and the St. Louis Cardinals (2005-2008).  In Oakland, he was a core member of the A’s “Big Three” along with Tim Hudson and Barry Zito.  Mulder led the American League with 21 wins in 2001, and won 19 games and struck out a career-high 159 batters in 2002.  He represented the A’s in the 2003 and 2004 All-Star Game.  Mulder was traded to St. Louis in Dec. 2004 and was a member of the Cardinals 2006 World Series Championship team.  He retired after the 2008 season and finished his career with a record of 103-60, a 4.18 earned run average and 834 strikeouts.  In 2011, Mulder joined ESPN as an analyst for Baseball Tonight.

Ray Fosse, a 31-year broadcasting veteran and multiple Emmy Award winner who won two World Championships (1973, 1974) with the A’s, along with two Gold Gloves (1970, 1971) and played in two All-Star Games (1970, 1971), remains CSN California’s primary A’s analyst.

CSN Bay Area and CSN California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. CSN Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. CSN California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live sporting events per year, over 1,500 live studio shows, including SportsNet Central, SportsTalk Live, Pregame Live, Postgame Live, Press Conference Live, as well as compelling digital content, up-to-the-minute scores, highlights and breaking news via www.CSNBayArea.com and www.CSNCalifornia.com. Follow both networks on Twitter via @CSNAuthentic.  

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A's lineup: Healy batting second, Khris Davis back in vs Angels

A's lineup: Healy batting second, Khris Davis back in vs Angels

PROGRAMMING ALERT: A's-Angels coverage begins at 6pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports California and streaming right here.

After batting fourth on Sunday, Ryon Healy moves up a couple of spots on the opener against the Angels on Tueday evening.

Oakland A's:
1. Jaff Decker (L) CF
2. Ryon Healy (R) DH
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C
6. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
8. Matt Joyce (L) RF
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Los Angeles Angels:
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF
3. Mike Trout (R) CF
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH
5. Jefry Marte (R) 1B
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
7. Cameron Maybin (R) LF
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
9. Martin Maldonado (R) C
JC Ramirez -- RHP

 

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Festus Ezeli will not be back with the Blazers next season, Portland GM Neil Olshey said on Tuesday.

Last summer -- after the Warriors let Ezeli walk in free agency following the addition of Kevin Durant -- he signed a 2-year contract worth just over $15 million.

But Year 2 was essentially a club option with a $1 million buyout.

A knee injury prevented Ezeli from ever suiting up for the Blazers this season.

He underwent cadaver ligament replacement surgery in early March.

The Warriors drafted Ezeli 30th overall in 2012.

Over 46 games (13 starts) with Golden State in 2015-16, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over 16.7 minutes per contest.