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WATCH: Inside Look: Mark Prior

Former Cubs pitcher Mark Prior looked like one of the best young pitchers in the game, but couldn't stay healthy.
Via CSN Chicago
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Mark Prior: I don’t blame Dusty Baker for what happened to me

WASHINGTON — Former Cubs phenom Mark Prior has absolved Dusty Baker of contributing to his injury shortened career. Once dubbed Wrigley’s savior as Chicago’s first-round draft pick in 2001, Prior never came close to living up to expectations heaped upon him during his five seasons with the Cubs. He showed flashes of greatness — with 757 strikeouts and a 3.51 career ERA —...
Via CBS DC
August 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Mark Prior doesn’t blame Dusty Baker for disappointing career

In 2003, Mark Prior looked like the long-term ace of the Chicago Cubs. At the age of just 22, Prior threw 211 1/3 innings for the NL Central champion Cubs, striking out 245, walking 50, and pitching to a 2.43 ERA. He was an NL All-Star, and finished third in Cy Young voting behind Eric Gagne and Jason Schmidt (a pair of players whose careers also peaked in that 2003 season). That...
Via The Comeback
August 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Baker back with Nationals for 'one last album'

Former pitcher Mark Prior ran into Dusty Baker in San Diego last year at a scouting event his old manager's son participating in. Baker was out of baseball after being fired by the Cincinnati Reds, but baseball wasn't out of him. ''You can tell the desire and the fire is still in him,'' Prior said. ''He wants to try to win a World Series. You can tell that it eats him up a little...
Via Associated Press
March 29, 2016  |  Discuss

The Most Interesting Man In Jupiter Is Named Jaime

Jaime. When you look him up on Baseball-Reference and scroll down to the always fun ‘similar pitchers’ feature, and see his top result, you can’t help but chuckle. It’s Mark Prior, because, of course it is. Remember – Baseball-Reference isn’t Sports Pickle or The Onion – they’re not trying to be funny. This is just a pure statistical analysis between thousands and...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Prior, Alou reunited as Padres farm instructors

SAN DIEGO (AP) Mark Prior and Moises Alou, forever linked by the Steve Bartman incident that helped deny the Chicago Cubs a trip to the 2003 World Series, have been reunited as roving minor league instructors with the San Diego Padres. Alou will be a special assistant for player development and Prior will be pitching instructor. Prior was five outs from pitching the Cubs into the...
Via Associated Press
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Jake Bauers' bat making an impact in the Padres' system

FORT WAYNE - "The big separator as you go forward in baseball is that more physical tools start to grade out even and what separates guys is what they do upstairs and stay one step ahead of their opponent," opined former Cubs' All-Star Mark Prior, now the Padres' Special Assistant to the General Manager on a recent trip to El Paso, San Diego's AAA affiliate, on the differences between...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #22

The Cubs’ prospect- and retread-heavy travel squad beat the Reds.  Summary: Spring training rolls on, and we continue to count down the days to Opening Day.  Follow our lineup here. Promise In 2001, the Cubs signed one of the most famous players to ever wear #22 for the North Siders.  His name was Mark Prior, and he was taken second overall after a guy named Joe Mauer.  Mauer...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Prior and Me: A Life Story

Mark Prior retired from baseball on Tuesday, which probably goes somewhere on this year’s list of top  “No ****, Sherlock” moments. Prior hadn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2006, though he has attempted multiple comebacks throughout the years. The end officially came in a hotel lobby at baseball’s Winter Meetings, where Prior told St. Paul Pioneer Press Twins beat...
Via Rumors and Rants
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Prior officially retires from baseball

On Monday, former All-Star pitcher Mark Prior announced that he has officially retired from baseball after an injury-riddled career that included numerous comeback attempts. When he broke into the big leagues with the Chicago Cubs in 2002, Prior instantly became a star and looked like he was destined for greatness. During his first full season in 2003, Prior posted an 18-6 record...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss
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