Mulder joining A's booth for 20 games

Mulder joining A's booth for 20 games

OAKLAND -- Former A's pitcher Mark Mulder is set to join the club's broadcast team as a color commentator for 20 telecasts this season, CSN California announced Friday.

Mulder, whose nine-year playing career included five seasons with the A's as a member of the Big Three alongside Tim Hudson and Barry Zito, has been harnessing his broadcasting skills since joining ESPN as an analyst for "Baseball Tonight" in 2011.

"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, in a statement. "His addition to our award-winning broadcast crew will add another dimension to this season's A's telecasts."

In years past, former A's players Scott Hatteberg, Shooty Babitt and Eric Chavez have undertaken the 20-game gig. Ray Fosse, meanwhile, remains CSN California's primary A's analyst alongside play-by-play broadcaster Glen Kuiper. Fosse is entering his 28th season in that role.

Mulder was a two-time All-Star for the A's (2003, '04) and a member of the Cardinals' 2006 World Series championship team. He finished his career 103-60 with a 4.18 ERA.

"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 for CSN Bay Area and CSN California. "We're excited to add Mark's insight to the terrific work of Glen Kuiper and Ray Fosse."

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.