Former Cubs star Mark Prior retires with ‘no regrets’

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Prior was a part of the famed “Chicago Heat.”

Spent flamethrower Mark Prior formally retired as a player on Tuesday.

Prior, who hasn’t thrown in the majors since 2006, went 42-29 with 757 strikeouts and a 3.51 ERA over 106 starts as a Cub.

“I have no regrets,” said Prior, 33, who was taken second overall by the Cubs out of USC in 2001. “I did everything I could. I left it on the field, gave everything I could to it and came up short. Now I’m on to my second career.”

The 6-foot-5, 225 pound Prior signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds last February.

Quite predictably, after geting shelved on Triple-A Louisville’s disabled list with a right shoulder strain, the Reds clipped Prior in June.

Using a blazing fastball, curveball, slurve and changeup, the former Trojan was an electric hurler who is considered one of history’s greatest pitching prospects.

Unfortunately, Prior’s arm got destroyed and was never going to properly heal.

Ultimately, for various reasons, Prior did “come up short.”

Regardless, Mark Prior absolutely “left it on the field” and should leave baseball as a proud man.

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