2009-05-23 / Sports

Austin's Corey honored by Edinboro

Austin's Mark Corey was honored by his Alma Mater, Edinboro University, recently Austin's Mark Corey was honored by his Alma Mater, Edinboro University, recently Austin's Mark Corey was recently presented with the Athletic Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award at Edinboro University. It's the most prestigious award for athletic accomplishments, presented to an individual with Edinboro ties who has gone on to achieve notoriety outside of the university.

Corey, who now lives in Nashville, Tenn., pitched for Edinboro from 1993-95. He was picked by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth round of the 1995 amateur draft. He played in the Reds' farm system from 1995-99 before being traded to the New York Mets. He would become the first Edinboro player to reach the major leagues in 2001 when he was called up by the Mets.

Corey, 34, played for the Mets and the Colorado Rockies in 2002, then would pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003 and 2004. He appeared in a total of 81 major league games as a reliever.

As a minor leaguer, he appeared in 416 total games, recording 117 saves. He saved 74 games for the Pirates' Class AAA affiliate, Nashville, in 2003-2005. Pittsburgh never gave Corey a chance to be a closer in the majors.

"I look at it from the standpoint that some guys never get the chance to play in the majors, so you really can't be bitter about it," Corey said.

The New York Yankees organization signed Corey for the 2006 season and he spent the year with the Class AAA team in Columbus. In 2007, he returned to the Pirates organization and spent the season on the doorstep of the major leagues with Class AAA Indianapolis before retiring.

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