Former Chicago Cubs phenom Mark Prior officially retires as a player, wants a front office job
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:
Just ran into Mark Prior in the lobby. He is officially retired after shoulder blew out again w/reds triple a. Could join #Padres FO.
— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) December 9, 2013
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 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.
The Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. There are literally a handful of people on this Earth who were alive at the time. They might not even be able to verify.
– David Whitlock