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Mark Prior transitions to the front office

Mar 11, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

Mark Prior throwing

I saw Mark Prior at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Indeed, he and I were staying on the same floor, so I saw him a lot. Walking up and down the hallway pretty frequently, always with a cell phone to his ear and a notebook in his hand. At various points I saw him in the little coffee shop down the hall, again, always on the phone, always writing or flipping through the notebook.

Some folks, especially folks who may be recognized and don’t want to be, do that in order to avoid people. If it’s not that, it’s because you’re working. Pretty hard, and pretty constantly.  Mark Prior, it seems falls into the latter camp.  He had just started his job in the Padres front office that week and, as Corey Brock of reports, he was then and continues now to immerse himself in the job.

It’s a great read in that it tells you the difference between someone who is actually looking at the front office as a career vs. a former player who is just looking for a soft landing while he tries to figure out the second act of his life. It’s fascinating to see someone of Prior’s former stature making a real go of it like this.

  1. El Bravo - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Good thing his boss isn’t Dusty Baker or else he’d be out of that job in a few years as well due to mental fatique. Amirite?

  2. yahmule - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    He was one of the most competitive pitchers I’ve ever seen and he kept trying to come back despite mounting ridicule. I can’t picture this guy doing anything half-assed.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Interesting fact: they replaced the door to the front office with an automatic one so he doesn’t blow out his shoulder opening it.

    Also, they have to trade Edwin Jackson’s salary to cover their health insurance premium increase.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      And also because Edwin Jackson sucks.

    • vivabear - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      He’s actaully working for the Padres.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Damn autocorrect….it changed Josh Johnson to Edwin Jackson. That’s really weird.

        And it did it twice too. I should get this thing checked.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM


        Thumbs down for an accurate and polite correction!

        Suck on that! (I actually thumbsed you up for the post….don’t know what kind of weirdo would look at that and go “….NOPE!”)

      • vivabear - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        Who knows…I did transpose letters in actually though. Maybe that was it.

  4. jwbiii - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    He was the Cubs’ MLBPA rep, so he’s familiar with that part of the business, albeit from the other side of the table.

  5. ch0psuey - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Prior threw out the first pitch at my sons baseball opening ceremonies last year or year before that.

  6. evansox - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Oh man. Who would have thought he’d be working a front office job at the age of 33?

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      Anyone who ever saw Dusty Baker manage a pitcher.

    • rickditka - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Hes not quite ready to use a pen. So, for the next few weeks, hell be simulating pen motions on flat ground using a towel.

      • yahmule - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        Hate myself for laughing at that.

  7. yourcubreporter - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Oh what coulda been… when he was “on” he made batters look out-and-out foolish.


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