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Ex-Cubs ace Prior retires

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Former Chicago Cubs pitching ace Mark Prior has officially retired from baseball, according to multiple media outlets Tuesday.

Prior's major-league career ends with a 42-29 record, 3.51 ERA and 757 strikeouts in 657 innings.

In 2003, Prior went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 211 innings pitched. He finished third in the National League Cy Young voting.

But injuries and setbacks have finally taken their toll. Prior hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006.

Comeback attempts with the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds fell short of getting Prior back to the majors.

Prior averaged 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings, ranking second only to Randy Johnson.

The 33-year-old right-hander went on the disabled list in April with a shoulder injury while attempting a comeback with the Reds' Triple-A affiliate in Louisville. He was released in June.

Prior said Tuesday that he is interested in a front-office job.
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