In really what is no surprise, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Hampton called it a career today and retired from baseball. Hampton has a 11.17 ERA in nine games this spring. He had given up 12 runs in just 9.2 innings. The writing was on the wall.
Hampton had been trying to make his comeback from such an injury riddled career. Hampton finishes his career with a record of 148-115 and an ERA of 4.06. His career started with the Seattle Mariners. After Seattle, his career took him through Houston, Atlanta, New York, Colorado, back to Atlanta and Houston, and ended with a brief stint in Arizona.
His best season was in 1999 with the Houston Astros, when he went 22-4 with an ERA of 2.90. He saw 11 of his seasons end with a .500 or better won-loss record. This spring though, you could see the writing on the wall. If he didn’t retire, he probably was not making the team. With the combination of the Dbacks trying to improve, they are also a younger team and there just was no room for Hampton to resurrect his career here performing the way he was.
I commend Hampton for making his way back to even try a comeback at this stage in his career. It just ended up not being enough. It was a joy to watch Hampton do his thing, as long as it wasn’t against the Dbacks.