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Hampton hangs 'em up

Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:21 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 12:40 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike HamptonIt's a rite of spring, the veteran player tries for one last chance at the making the big leagues. By the end of the spring it becomes apparent they're not going to make the team and the prospect of riding buses for that one last shot doesn't seem so appealing and they decide to hang them up.

Today's example -- Mike Hampton.

The left-hander left Diamondbacks camp on Thursday and told general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson that he was leaning toward retirement. He told them today that he'd made his decision to hang 'em up.

"It just wasn't there," Hampton told's Mark Bowman. "In fairness to them 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, signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks in December. Hampton appeared in nine games for Arizona this spring, allowing 18 hits and 12 runs, while walking eight and striking out five in 9 2/3 innings.

Hampton finished his career 148-115 with a 4.06 ERA in parts of 16 seasons. He appeared in 10 games for the Diamondbacks last season, not allowing a run as a situational lefty.

Hampton finished second in Cy Young voting in 1999 and was twice an All-Star. Following the 1999 seasons, the Rockies gave him an eight-year, $121 million contract, at the time, the largest in history. He played with the Mariners, Astros, Mets, Rockies, Braves and Diamondbacks.

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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 11:18 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 8:12 pm

Hampton hangs 'em up

This article forgot to include the Marlins even though his stay was just for a week during spring training.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 8:11 pm

Hampton hangs 'em up

A lot of people forget the Marlins were paying Hampton's entire contract as part of the deal with the Braves when they traded him there. Same thing when they traded Piazza to the Mets.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:53 pm

Hampton hangs 'em up

He'll work harder during retirement than he did "stealing" paychecks from teams for the past few years. One of the biggest bust signings in MLB history.

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:29 pm

Hampton hangs 'em up

He would be the 1st starter on the buccos.  Come on over buddy!

Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:15 pm

Hampton hangs 'em up

Your last sentence isn't even decipherable... The three best teams in MLB reside in the AL East, and the Yanks can get by with a questionable number 5 SP and still finish in the running. Colon, Garcia, Millwood and Hampton to choose from as a #5 isn't bad. But this article has nothing to do with the Yankees, it's about Mike Hampton a solid veteran pitcher with class hanging up his cleats for good. Congrats on a great career Mike, good luck post MLB. Texastee10 you're a rookie for a reason fella, know your role and shut your mouth.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:09 pm

Hampton hangs 'em up

I didnt even know he was still around! Will the Yankees come calling??

Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:06 pm

Hampton hangs 'em up

Cashman will probably sign him as a 5th starter for about $10M guaranteed. It's not he'd be the only start with NOTHING

Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 4:44 pm

Hampton hangs 'em up

Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 4:23 pm

Hampton hangs 'em up

Hope he enjoys the school system wherever he retires...dumb hick!

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