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Mike Hampton | Relief Pitcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (45) / 9/9/1972
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
Drafted: 1990 / Rd. 6 (0) / SEA

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Mike Hampton has decided to retire.
Hampton posted an 11.17 ERA while allowing 18 hits in 9 2/3 innings for the D'Backs this spring. Unlikely to make the roster, he's decided to call it quits rather than try to work his way back through the minors. "It just wasn't there," Hampton said. "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's career ends with a 148-115 record and 4.06 ERA. He was a two-time All-Star. Sat, Mar 26, 2011 12:06:00 PM

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Diamondbacks re-signed LHP Mike Hampton to a minor league contract.

He'll get an invite to major league spring training and compete for a job out of the bullpen. The 38-year-old left-hander returned from shoulder surgery this past season and tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings over 10 appearances with the Diamondbacks down the stretch.
Wed, Dec 8, 2010 03:55:00 PM

D-backs GM Kevin Towers said he has an offer out to free agent Mike Hampton.

Hampton tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings down the stretch with the Diamondbacks following shoulder surgery. We assume the offer is of the minor league variety, and he would be used out of the bullpen. All signs are pointing to him returning, as it's not clear anyone else has interest at this point.
Mon, Dec 6, 2010 06:56:00 PM

Mike Hampton's agent Mark Rodgers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic he has had "extremely productive conversations" about a new contract with the Diamondbacks.

Hampton, 38, tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings with the Diamondbacks down the stretch after recovering from surgery to repair his labrum and rotator cuff. One source tells Piecoro that it would be a "small surprise" if Hampton didn't return to Arizona.
Tue, Nov 30, 2010 08:56:00 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of, free agent left-hander Mike Hampton is drawing interest and wants to pitch again in 2011.

Hampton, 38, worked his way back from shoulder surgery to toss 4 1/3 scoreless innings over 10 appearances with the Diamondbacks down the stretch. It goes without saying, but it would be a serious gamble to give guaranteed money to someone with an injury history such as Hampton.
Mon, Nov 8, 2010 06:17:00 PM

Mike Hampton made his debut for the Diamondbacks on Saturday, retiring the only batter that he faced.

Let's not make assumptions from such a tiny sample size. Hampton inked a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks in late August and made only four appearances at Triple-A Reno before earning a promotion to the big leagues. We're betting against a major turnaround.
Sat, Sep 4, 2010 11:24:00 PM

Diamondbacks purchased the contract of LHP Mike Hampton from Triple-A Reno.

Hampton allowed one run and three hits in 3 1/3 innings out of the pen for Reno. He'll work in relief for the Diamondbacks.
Fri, Sep 3, 2010 04:39:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Diamondbacks will call up veteran left-hander Mike Hampton on Friday.

Hampton signed a minor league contract with the D'Backs in late August and has made four relief appearances at Triple-A Reno, allowing three hits and one earned run in 3 1/3 innings. If it weren't for the September roster expansion rule, he wouldn't be getting this chance.
Thu, Sep 2, 2010 09:03:00 PM

Mike Hampton pitched a scoreless inning of relief for Triple-A Tacoma Monday night.

Hampton did allow a hit and didn't strike out or walk a batter, but it's news that he even completed an inning after being out of baseball all year. With the Diamondbacks hurting so badly in the bullpen, he may even be fantasy-relevant this year.
Tue, Aug 24, 2010 03:22:00 PM

Diamondbacks signed LHP Mike Hampton to a minor league contract.

Hampton is finally recovered from the shoulder procedure that he underwent a little under a year ago. He posted a 7-10 record and a 5.30 ERA in 21 starts with the Astros last season and is unlikely to have a major impact for the D'Backs this year or at any point in the near future.
Sat, Aug 21, 2010 08:17:00 PM

Mike Hampton underwent successful surgery Tuesday on his left shoulder.

The procedure, performed at the Hospital For Special Surgery in New York City, revealed a full tear of his rotator cuff and some partial labrum damage. Hampton, 37, is expected to miss the entire 2010 season.
Tue, Sep 15, 2009 11:35:00 AM

Mike Hampton will undergo left shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Hampton, 37, decided to shut himself down at the end of August so that he could undergo operations on both knees and his shoulder. It's his best shot at coming back close to full-strength. Hampton was 7-10 with a 5.30 ERA in 21 starts with the Astros this season.
Sat, Sep 12, 2009 05:53:00 PM

Astros transferred LHP Mike Hampton from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The transaction opens a spot on the 40-man roster. Hampton decided late last month to undergo season-ending operations on his left shoulder and both knees. He was 7-10 with a 5.30 ERA over 21 starts this season.
Mon, Sep 7, 2009 04:42:00 PM

Mike Hampton has opted to undergo season-ending operations on his left shoulder and both knees.

Hampton, 37, hopes to return to baseball at some point down the road. "I’m going to have this surgery with every intent of continuing to play," he said. "During the off-season I’ll pick up a ball and start throwing. I’ll rehab and see if it’s going to be doable to be capable of playing." Hampton was 7-10 with a 5.30 ERA over 21 starts this season.
Sat, Aug 29, 2009 08:44:00 PM

According to's Alyson Footer, left-hander Mike Hampton (shoulder) will not be returning this season.

Hampton tried to play catch Friday, but couldn't get through the session without feeling shoulder discomfort. The Astros have sent MRIs of his knee and shoulder to a specialist, and will wait for word on whether surgery is necessary.
Sat, Aug 29, 2009 06:20:00 PM

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