Mike Hampton Retires

Veteran left-hander Mike Hampton has informed the Diamondbacks that he has decided to retire, reports Mark Bowman of MLB.com. He originally told GM Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson that he was leaning that way on Thursday.

"It just wasn't there," said Hampton. "In fairness to [The Diamondbacks] and fairness to myself I'm just done. It's not a decision that's easy to make. It's not one you make overnight. It had been two weeks that different thoughts have been creeping in my head. Then all of the sudden I felt, I think this is going to be it." 

Hampton, 38, made a brief comeback with Arizona late last season, throwing 4 1/3 innings across ten appearances. He was in camp with them this year after signing a minor league deal in December. 

Although the latter half of his career was filled with injury and ineffectiveness, Hampton was one of the game's best starters in the late-1990's, pitching to a 3.35 ERA in 184 starts with the Astros and Mets from 1995 through 2000. He pitched poorly for two years with the Rockies after signing an eight-year, $123.8MM contract that was then the largest deal in baseball history. Hampton finished his career out with the Braves, Astros, and D'Backs, and owns a 4.09 ERA in 2268 1/3 career innings.


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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

Rockies and Braves fans everywhere are rejoicing.

Jeff
4 years 5 months ago

Nah, I think Braves fans are ok with it- as the Braves were spending other team’s money for much of that contract, and he had a good year or two here.

Also, you can’t blame a guy for getting hurt really. It’s not like he was a knucklehead.

4 years 5 months ago

I thought he retired on December 9th, 2000.

czontixhldr
4 years 5 months ago

WOW, I just did the math: Hampton was paid….are you sitting down…. over $50,000/IP for his career.

BobbyJohn
4 years 5 months ago

I did the math once as well: Hampton was paid about as much for one start as I was for my entire 12 1/2 year career in the Navy (1988-2000).

czontixhldr
4 years 5 months ago

$54,908.36/IP to be exact.

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 5 months ago

showoff lol.

4 years 5 months ago

He probably wasn’t gonna make the team especially since Saunders seems destined for the bullpen.

BlondnEvil
4 years 5 months ago

Now he has more time to enjoy that tremendous Colorado School System…

4 years 5 months ago

Wait, I thought he retired 6 years ago.

4 years 5 months ago

HOF?

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

HOS

(S = Shame)

GATORSTUDLEY
4 years 5 months ago

ALL U HATERS DONT KNOW THE CHARACTER THAT MIKE HAS!!!! WHEN HE WAS HEALTHY HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN BASEBALL IF U HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT MIKE HAS ACCOMPILISHED JUST LOOK UP HIS STATS! IF U ASK ANYONE WHO HAS PLAYED WITH HIM HE LOVED THE GAME AS MUCH AS ANY PLAYER EVER HAS! MIKE ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT U DESERVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

$1519287
4 years 5 months ago

Please stop using all caps.

Your point is a good one since it can be amusing how people can put down a stranger for no reason really, but the caps is unreadable.People also like reading paragraphs.Thanks

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 5 months ago

I’m with the moderator-you have a valid point, but trying to read it makes my eyes bleed.

Hampton never played for either of the teams I root for so I admittedly have a different perspective. He was a very good pitcher who got a very big long term contact and never really earned the money. But the reason he didn’t was injury! Are people implying that he got injured on purpose? That he didn’t work on his re hab? Neither of those things are true. He became injury prone, no doubt from the toll pitching takes on ones body. As far as rehab goes-he worked like a dog to get back from his many injuries for YEARS. You know, it happens. Some players finally return, and some players just can’t overcome it. Hampton did everything he could and always believed he was going to make it back.

It would have been nice if he were Gil Meche, knew he couldn’t go on, and opted out leaving money on the table. Why would Hampton do that when he hadn’t yet given up on himself?

I think I agree with you though.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

I guess everyones been drinking the hater-ade.

czontixhldr
4 years 5 months ago

Who’s hatin’? I simply pointed out how much he made based per IP. Personally, I think he deserves credit for being smart enough to get an agent that could get him that contract, and being good enough while healthy to convince someone to give it to him.

Clubs know what the risk is when they negotiate those contracts. If they’re silly enough to go 7-8 years with a pitcher then that’s the risk they’ve chosen to take, and I don’t fault the player at all for taking the money. I would.

That still doesn’t mean he was able to provide fair value for the money he was paid – whatever the reason.

Robby
4 years 5 months ago

Welcome to the team Micah Owings!

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 5 months ago

Was it a battle for pitchers who can do better off the bench than out of the bullpen?

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 5 months ago

I think after this year there should be a 2011 retiree section on here.

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah, and what with all the “encouragement” out there, hey, maybe even the likes of Jason Schmidt might see fit to acknowledge that he’s done too. Finally.

Then again, I probably shouldn’t hold my breath!

NYBravosFan10
4 years 5 months ago

He’s headed to the disabled list HOF

vonhayesdays
4 years 5 months ago

not even juan gonzalez thinks mike hampton signed a good deal

MatzMatics
4 years 5 months ago

As a Met fan, I gotta say thank you Mike for pitching that 3 hit, CG shutout in Game 5 of the 2000 NLCS against the Cards. At the same time, I gotta say thank you for skipping town because you “didn’t like our school system” (At the time, the biggest bunch of B.S. I’ve ever heard in my life). It’s all good, because in the end, we got David Wright. While he was producing for us, you were wasting Colorado & Atlanta’s time.

So again…thank you.

RiverKKiller999
4 years 5 months ago

More like the HOB. (Hall Of Bums)

4 years 5 months ago

Based on what? That he was injured? I truly hope that it never happens to you that you get injured in some fashion and then have everyone around you pepper you with insults. A lot of people commenting here need to grow up. Mike Hampton had a great career when he was healthy. Maybe next you can go make fun of the special olympians or a disabled war veteran.

RiverKKiller999
4 years 5 months ago

At least some one will miss Mike Hampton…

paul_oneills_lovechild
4 years 5 months ago

Random comment for the day…I always enjoy when people use condiments (ala pepper) in other ways to express things than with food. It just adds flavor to their discourse. Am I right here, fellas?? I am hungry though…

coolstorybro222
4 years 5 months ago

He holds a record. the only pitcher ever to hurt himself on the first warm up pitch in the bullpen.

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 5 months ago

He was a great hitter.

coolstorybro222
4 years 5 months ago

should’ve pulled a Ankiel on him

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

And another one goes. And another one goes. Another one bites the dust.

James DeMott
4 years 5 months ago

Finally. Only took four-hundred-and-eighty-seven trips to the DL for him to retire.

Oh well.

4 years 5 months ago

In related news, Mike Hampton was still in baseball up until today.