Mark Prior, the former Chicago Cubs pitcher, has decided to call his career quits today during the 2013 winter meetings. Prior was plagues with injuries for most of his career, and just couldn’t make his way back onto the mound as a healthy pitcher.
The 33-year-old right-hander went on the disabled list in April with a shoulder injury while attempting a comeback with the Cincinnati Reds‘ Triple-A affiliate in Louisville. He was released in June.
Prior told multiple media outlets Tuesday that he’s interested in a front-office job.
Prior, who was taken with the second overall pick in the 2001 draft by theChicago Cubs, finishes his career with a 42-29 record, a 3.51 ERA and 757 strikeouts in the majors. He finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2003 after going 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts with the Cubs.
If you could use one sentence to define Prior’s career, what would you say? I bet some of you weren’t even sure he was still in the league in 2013, but if you did, describe what you thought of him.