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Mark Prior has officially retired

Dec 9, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

Mark Prior throwing

Mark Prior has attempted numerous comebacks in recent years, but the oft-injured right-hander told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press earlier today that he has officially retired and could accept a front office position with the Padres.

Prior, now 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006. He made seven relief appearances with with the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate this past season before blowing out his shoulder again and was given his release in June.

Prior will walk away from the game with a 42-29 lifetime record to go along with a 3.51 ERA over 106 starts. His 10.4 K/9 ranks eighth all-time among pitchers with at least 600 innings pitched. His former teammate Kerry Wood is right behind him at 10.32 K/9. Talk about what could have been.

  1. phillysports1 - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    I will never forget the memorable game 6 . Good luck mark

  2. cohnjusack - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Things that happened the year Mark Prior last pitched in the Majors

    World News:
    -Avian Flu!
    -the Mumbai terrorist attacks
    -Twitter launces!
    -Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death
    -Gerald Ford dies
    -A young Ryan Howard sets the baseball world afire with a 58 home run season.
    -Hamas wins power in Palestinian elections
    -The whole Muhommad cartoon thing
    -Jack Abramoff goes to jail
    -Pluto is no longer a planet!
    -Democrats win back the house!

  3. nsstlfan - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    He and Kerry Wood would have lasted longer if they hadn’t had Dusty Baker so early in their career as their manager

  4. phillysports1 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    •You forgot Ortiz was the cover boy for mlb the show . Ps2 <
    • David Eckstein was World Series MVP

    • cohnjusack - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Ahhh, MLB 06 the Show. A magical game in which Oliver Perez is impossible to hit, Derrek Lee is impossible not give up a home run to every time and you could trade Dave Weathers for Miguel Cabrera.

  5. yahmule - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    It really is a shame he was overworked so badly. I’m glad I watched him pitch as much as a could in 2002. I had no idea it would all be over so soon.

  6. pisano - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    No one tried harder than Prior to comeback from injuries. You have to take your hat off to him, he gave all he had. Good luck to him going forward.

  7. riverace19 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    So sad. F you Dusty. No regard for someone’s future.

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    OK, I realize we’re all supposed to hate how Dusty ruined him, etc., and I hesitate injecting some facts into a good hate, but: other pitchers have pitched more at the same young age and had long careers. Don Sutton had over 650 innings before he was 24, and was still in the Majors at 43. Prior had fewer than 500 by the same age. Could it be he just was very unlucky? Some arms are just stronger than others. We don’t come with a warranty. Nolan Ryan was still winning at 45, Sandy Koufax was fried by 30. Excrement occurs. Prior joins Mark Fidrych in the What Might Have Been wing of the Hall of Fame. I wish him all the very best in his next phase and beyond.

    • yahmule - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. Prior’s (and Wood’s) innings pitched and pitch counts were high for young pitchers, but what was worse was how many times Baker left them out there when they had absolutely nothing left. That was the excrement that occurred.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:53 AM

        Yahmule, I agree with Sen. Moynihan’s remark you alluded to about opinion vs facts, but which of the numbers I got from Baseball Reference were wrong? I said some bodies/arms can take the abuse of pitching for a long time, some for only a short time. Are you saying all arms are equal but some guys just get over-pitched by evil managers?

      • yahmule - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Stupid and stubborn managers, to be sure. Can’t actually look inside Dusty’s heart, but the contents of his empty head have been displayed enough to get a pretty good grasp on the situation.

    • 6stn - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      Don Gullett and Wayne Simpson, of the early-1970s Reds, are other What-Ifs. Dwight Gooden, too, but he had a few non-arm related problems, too.

      • 6stn - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:44 AM

        One too many toos. I need a proofreader!

    • derklempner - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      I’m fairly certain it was his “perfect mechanics” that actually were not all that perfect that ruined his arm.

      Regardless, I’m a lifelong Cubs fan, and I wish him all the best in the future. It would be great to see him as a pitching coach one day, telling young players how not to ruin their careers.

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