Prior knowledge

Back in January I posted a comment about Cubs pitcher Mark Prior and his gall in asking for a raise. Yesterday I read that his rehab isn’t coming along as expected and he is being optioned to the Cubs’ AAA farm club in Iowa. Amazing isn’t it?

He had to know he wasn’t doing very well when he asked for more money. Guess he was trying to get as much out of the gravy train he’s been riding since 2003 before the Cubs’ organization figured out that there was no one behind the curtain anymore. At least the Cubs will be able to get an occasional inning out of Kerry Wood before he finally becomes a memory as well.

It’s time to face the music. Prior is done. Don’t count on him coming back to be your fifth starter, much less your first. In the five stages of death the first is denial. Time for the Cubs organization to move past that stage and into anger — anger that they’ve wasted this many years waiting for a rehab that’s never going to happen. In fact, Robert Downey Jr. has a better chance of rehab being successful than Prior. Sad, but true.

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About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on March 29, 2007, in General Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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