TEMPE, Ariz. – A short walk from Tempe Diablo Stadium, at the Angels' minor league complex, there is a clubhouse full of 20- and 21-year-old kids with wide eyes, the blank slate of big league potential in front of them.
Cordero is 30, too old to be in this room but too young to be retired. While Cordero's minor league teammates have barely begun to pen their stories, he is trying to add yet another chapter to a book that already includes more than its share of highs – the former Cal State Fullerton standout recorded 128 saves and made an All-Star team with the Washington Nationals – and one unthinkable low.
In December 2010, Cordero's 11-week old daughter, Tehya, died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
"She fell asleep," Cordero said, "and didn't wake up."
That mind-numbing tragedy was more than enough to stall Cordero's last comeback attempt. As he sat in a dingy chair in an equipment room in the Angels' minor league complex Wednesday, Cordero had the perspective to realize he was doomed to fail when he tried to pitch months after Tehya's death.