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In case you wanted to know what Mark Prior has been up to

Feb 8, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Mark Prior throwing

This is the first offseason I remember when no one has kicked the tires on Mark Prior, hoping to see if he still has a bit of what he had ten years ago.

But Prior is still trying. And Doug Miller of MLB.com caught up with him recently to see what’s going down:

Nine years. It’s seemed like a long time, having not pitched in the big leagues since 2006 because of one injury or the next one or the bunch after that. It’s seemed like a short time, watching his kids grow up so fast, watching as he and his wife evolve as parents and adults now in their 30s, settling into much quieter days in a world where expectations have new meaning. It’s no longer the All-Star Game or the World Series or the Hall of Fame here on top of this hill. It’s waking up every morning, really early, and trying to do the right things. Trying to get back to the Majors.

It’s a long story chronicling Prior’s long journey back and what his life has been like since way, way back in 2003 when everyone thought he’d be the next big thing.

It’s hard to believe he’s still only 32. It’s harder to believe that he’ll ever pitch in the bigs again. But he’s trying.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    This guy could get hit by a bus and still be considered for BSOHL

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I hope so too, but once an injury occurs it is much easier to re injure that part over and over again. Still hope he can one day be effective in MLB again.

  3. kkingprior - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    I would love to see this guy pitch in the majors again…

  4. jwbiii - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    “For Mark, it was all back, that hard-to-describe feeling on the mound — the moment when you know you’re better than the guy with the bat in his hands. Nothing could beat it.”

    Damn right. Same for a hitter. I miss it.

  5. gbrim - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Prior makes Brandon Webb look like a quitter after rehabbing for only four years. Might be time to get on to the next stage of life.

    • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      You mean he hasn’t absorbed his gills and tail yet?

  6. jssgriffi - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Let R.A. Dickey teach ya how to be a knuckleballer.

  7. mscxvd - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Man I hope some one gives him a shot. he looked so promising last yr in the minors w/ the red sox. He had lots of SO but also alot of walks.

  8. lostsok - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    It wasn’t that long ago if a team had a rotation that started with Prior, Kazmir, and Sheets…they’d have been sitting pretty sweet.

  9. latchbeam - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Good luck Mark!! I hope you make it back!!

  10. earpaniac - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    As someone who watched him pitch that 1 1/2-2 years he was healthy, man he was good. We used to argue not if he’d win the Cy Young, but how MANY.

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