Two-time MLB All-Star Mark Mulder has been tipped to make one of the most unbelievable comebacks in baseball history by LA Angels of Anaheim special assistant Tim Huff.
Last year, baseball scouts discovered that Mulder still had the package, despite not having played in the majors since leaving the Cardinals at the end of the 2008 season.
Speaking to MLB.com, Huff explained of what he told other scouts as they sat watching several of Mulder's pitches. "Which one of us is going to get on the phone faster and call our GM first?"
On New Years Day it was the Angels who finalized a Minor League contract with the left-hander, and he's tipping the two-time All-Star for more great things.
"You can tell that he's on a mission to do this," Huff added. "I think he really believes he's going to come in and earn a spot in our rotation, and I think he has a chance to do that."
A return of Mulder might be to go to be true, but it seems the 36-year-old is now in better shape than when he left the MLB.
Movies may be made out of this comeback from retirement, with Mulder claiming his decision to return stems from a 'flat-out fluke'.
Trying to recreate a throw he saw on TV delivered by Paco Rodriguez, he realised his arm was working. After playing in his yard a couple of days later, his wife recorded him and the rest is history as they say - or maybe a movie.
"I was amazed that my arm was working right way. I never gave a thought of coming back before then, it was the furthest thing from my mind, to be honest with you. My arm was deteriorating in St Louis, but I'm gonna run with it. I'm gonna see what happens."