Monday, December 9, 2013

A tribute to Mark Prior

With the news that former Cubs right-hander Mark Prior has retired it is definitely sad to see both of the Cubs aces in 2003 retire in the past 2 season. Mark Prior was probably the best pitcher the Cubs had had in recent memory (beside Kid K and Big Z). At least he was until his shoulder got messed up.

Prior was drafted by the Cubs in 2001 and made his MLB debut for them the next season. His first shoulder problem was in 2003 when he collided with Braves 2B Marcus Giles and separated his shoulder in a scary incident. He still dominated and went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA while finishing third in Cy Young voting.

After that outstanding season Prior was never the same. After a injury shortened 2004 Prior made 27 solid starts in 2005 with a 3.67 ERA and 166.2 innings pitched. After really struggling in 2006 going 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA Prior never pitched in the MLB again and spent several years in the minor leagues.

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