Former Chicago Cubs phenom Mark Prior officially retires as a player, wants a front office job

  • David Whitlock

The savior of the Chicago Cubs, the chosen one who was supposed to break the curse of the Billy Goat, has decided to retire.  Mark Prior, 33, has decided that he will no longer pursue a career on the playing field. Not entirely surprising since he has not stepped between the lines in a major league baseball game since 2006. Back when Mariano Rivera was a spry young 36 years old and Bryce Harper was a 14 year old 9th grader.  Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press first posted on Twitter that Prior had suffered yet another injury:

So the next move for Prior looks to be to stay in baseball, maybe with the San Diego Padres front office.

Prior burst on the baseball scene as a 21-year-old in 2002 next to fellow phenom 25-year-old Kerry Wood, as well as 21-year-old Carlos Zambrano, as a potential dynasty type 1-2-3 punch.  He only made 18 minor league appearances before his call to the bigs.  The championship-starved Chicago Cubs started licking their lips and it culminated in 2003 with a strong team, and an NLCS appearance against the Florida Marlins.  Enter one Steve Bartman, and exit left the Cubs.  The team hasn’t won a playoff game since.

Mark Prior had all the right stuff, until his body failed him (Credit: AP/Schumacher)

Mark Prior had all the right stuff, until his body failed him
(Credit: AP/Schumacher)

Mark Prior finished third in the 2003 Cy Young Award voting and played on that All-Star team.  He would go 18-17 over the next 3 seasons, then never play again.  He’s been pitching in the minors the past 4 seasons without any resemblance to the dominating stuff he had as a youngster.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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