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  1. Serves Prior right. I have never seen a cockier individual who had accomplished as little. Prior seemed to believe that one solid year in the majors made him a star. Typical Cub…all hype no substance.

    Comment by Nick — June 2, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

  2. Nick, can you provide some examples? Don’t worry, I’m not a Cubs fan trying to prove you wrong but I had been unfamiliar to his cockiness.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — June 2, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

  3. Eric,

    I’ve had this theory that the demise of Prior wasn’t Dusty’s fault, but his own inability to cope with injury. Specifically, down the stretch in 2003, he collided with Marcus Giles on the base paths and sustained some type of injury from that, but the specifics escape my memory. Of course, the Cubs went deep into the postseason that year, and he continued to pitch without any extended time of rest. It would seem to me that someone with “perfect” mechanics who had never sustained an injury would have some trouble recovering from that.

    And yes, Alex Gonzales should be the new Leon Durham.

    Comment by Matt Mitchell — June 2, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

  4. Matt, that’s definitely plausible. I didn’t say Dusty IS to blame but rather that he is most commonly blamed by Cubs fans for Prior’s demise. If I recall, Prior was clutching his shoulder at the that collision and Giles had a concussion? Don’t quote me on that, though. Other knocks I remember hearing on Prior’s mechanics were that he threw with more of his arm than his legs; a similar problem to what had hurt Kerry Wood and what will likely continue to hurt one of my favs, Shawn Hill.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — June 2, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

  5. Eric,

    Not only was Prior clutching his shoulder, he went back and pitched 2 2/3rds more innings afterward, and only /then/ missed starts. I strongly suspect that Prior initially pitched through an injury there, which set him up for future damage exacerbated by overuse.

    Comment by Ian — June 2, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

  6. This is nitpicking, but he finished third in 2003 behind Gagne and Jason Schmidt.

    Interestingly, the top 4 Cy vote-getters that season all seem essentially done– Gagne, Schmidt, Prior, and Russ Ortiz.

    Comment by dan — June 2, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

  7. Russ Ortiz is not done! You’re done!!

    Comment by Eric Seidman — June 2, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

  8. At least they picked up Soto and Theriot in the same draft: http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/index.cgi?franch_ID=CHC&year_ID=2001&draft_type=junreg

    Comment by SamoanRob — June 3, 2008 @ 1:19 am

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