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It’s Time to Forgive Steve Bartman

As Cubs fans everywhere remember what could have been, somewhere a certain Steve Bartman continues to receive death threats. 11 years on, Cubs fans still look longingly as the 2003 Cubs team, a plucky group of players, arguably the most successful since 1945. The Cubs were tantalizingly close to a World Series, the fanbase was so ready to shed the decades long stigma derived from...
Via Sports Mockery
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Theo points out Cubs’ hot prospects could suffer Prior’s fate

If you paid attention during this week’s winter meetings, you might have spotted Mark Prior at some point in the background as Cubs officials networked in the lobbies and corridors of the Swan and Dolphin Resort. In many ways, he’s part of the background of everything the Cubs do — and more often don’t do — during a long winter’s wait for the promise of top prospects...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

RHP Mark Prior released from Reds organization

Right-hander Mark Prior has been released from the Cincinnati Reds organization, ending his latest comeback attempt. Prior went to spring training on a minor league contract. He had a 4.66 ERA in seven relief appearances for Triple-A Louisville, but last pitched April 21 because of a right shoulder strain. The 32-year-old Prior last pitched in the majors in 2006, a year before...
Via Fox Sports
June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Prior reports to minor league camp with Reds

Mark Prior still believes he has what it takes to pitch in the majors. Now 32, Prior reported to minor league camp with the Cincinnati Reds. Should he return to the major league level he will be reunited with Dusty Baker. Prior has not pitched in the majors since 2006 because of ongoing shoulder problems. This is not the first time Prior has attempted a comeback. “He called me...
March 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Mark Prior Could Be a September Call-Up That Helps Red Sox Earn Playoff Spot

Every school has the big man on campus that everyone else envies. Everyone want to be like him because he was the most popular and most successful. In baseball, the name was Mark Prior. In 2003, he was Mr. Baseball and Mr. Chicago Cub. Now, nine years later, he is working on making a comeback to the majors with the Red Sox. Prior's career is like the Cubs' franchise. Every...
July 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Mark Prior: Boston Red Sox Could Call-Up Former All-Star

Mark Prior is still holding on to that major league dream and this time it may actually work out for him. The Boston Red Sox signed Prior to a minor league deal on May 2, and shockingly the righty has pitched well for Triple-A Pawtucket and could be on the verge of a call-up. Prior hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2006, but he has looked like his former self in six appearances...
Via Rumors and Rants
June 19, 2012  |  Discuss

The Intriguing Case of Mark Prior’s Latest Comeback Attempt

When the Red Sox went Dumpster Diving at the 99 cent store on May 2nd and signed Mark Prior, it generated some eye rolling and a few laughs. Mark Prior had a seemingly long and bright career in front of him when he went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA as a 22 year old for the 2003  Chicago Cubs that were prevented from getting to the World Series by Steve Bartman’s catch of a foul ball. ...
Via Bloody Sox
June 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Former phenom Prior tries comeback

There was a time -- one that feels like forever ago now -- when Mark Prior was thought to be the next big thing in baseball. At 22 years old and donning No. 22 for the Chicago Cubs, the former No. 2 overall pick was well on his way to becoming a bona-fide star. In 2003, Prior's second season in the majors -- he made just nine minor league starts before making his MLB debut at...
Via Fox Sports
June 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox' Gamble on Mark Prior Showing Early Signs of Paying Off

Before there was Stephen Strasburg, there was Mark Prior. A decade ago, Prior was the can't-miss pitcher, a distinction that resulted in the Cubs selecting him second overall during the 2001 MLB Draft. After one All-Star season in 2003, Prior's career was derailed by shoulder, elbow and groin issues. Prior hasn't thrown a single pitch in the majors since 2006. Yet, the...
June 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox promote Mark Prior to Triple-A

Six years after he last pitched in the major leagues, Mark Prior has been promoted to Triple-A. Boston assigned the oft-injured right-hander to their Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket on Friday. Prior, who signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on May 2, had been at extended spring training in Florida. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine called Prior's comeback attempt a...
Via Fox Sports
June 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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