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Reds release Mark Prior

Jun 28, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Mark Prior’s latest comeback attempt involved working as a reliever at Triple-A for the Reds, but he’s been on the disabled list with a shoulder injury since late April and today they released him.

Since moving to the bullpen full time last season Prior has 47 strikeouts in 35 innings at Triple-A, but that also comes with 7.0 walks per nine innings and a 4.15 ERA.

Prior is still just 32 years old, but he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006. To put that in some context, Prior’s teammates that season included Greg Maddux, Tony Womack, John Mabry, and Phil Nevin. Oh, and Carlos Marmol was a 23-year-old rookie starting pitcher.

The good news is that everyone who wrote a “Mark Prior is making a comeback” story this spring can just copy and paste it for next year, assuming he doesn’t call it a career.

  1. tuberippin - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Just one last appearance in the majors. That’s all I want to see. Just so he can be able to say that after all the shit he’s been through, he made it back at the end.

    If it can be done for Adam Greenberg, it can be done for Mark Prior. If Freddy Garcia and Dontrelle Willis and all these other retreads keep being given opportunities at the major-league level, perhaps there is some hope.

    • edelmanfanclub - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      I agree with tube Prior deserves another shot. I was hoping Boston called him up last year because of our atrocious pen and he started off pretty well in Pawtucket.The Cubs should give him a shot, he could end like 2008 Kerry Wood or go out like 2012 Kerry Wood.

  2. jgillmeister - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Just so sad. He was a great talent in his first 3 years.

    So much of this is a simple twist of fate, to quote Dylan, but fate was give a hand by Dusty, who rode Mark hard and put him away wet.

  3. barkleyblows - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Effin Cubs. Nothing like wrecking a career. Another reason to hate that crap team.

    • derklempner - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Yes, it was the entire organization’s fault. It’s not like the manager, pitching coach, general manager, or prior himself had most to do with his constant injuries.

      Damn those hot dog vendors and the IT people in the front office!

  4. pisano - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    It’s a shame, this guy has a lot of heart, but the body just wont respond. Good luck in whatever his future is.

  5. coloradogolfcoupons - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    He needs to ask the Blue Jays if they will let Dickey give him some knuckleball lessons. The desire he has shown to still pitch, and a knuckleball primer from Dickey, Niekro borthers, Charlie Hough….who knows, Dickey was about Pryor’s age when he gave up trying to get batters out with fastballs and sliders and tried the knuckler. I don’t see what Pryor has got to lose. Would love to see him make the transformation and make it back like Dickey.

    • jfk69 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Dickey is an exception to the rule. A good knuckleball pitcher has no clue where the ball will end up in a strike zone. The pitch is easy to teach and throw. The problem is consistency and a degree of mastery at the major league level. On the days it doesn’t move it would be like pitching batting practice. Conversely on the days it does move the pitcher still needs to get it over for a strike or the batters will just wait and take the walks. Easy to throw but damn near impossible to master.

  6. jfk69 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    You got to know when to fold them. Injuries have derailed many great and not so great players in all sports. Many softball teams looking for good high arc pitcher.

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