Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Hampton retired today at the age of 38.â†µ
Hampton has always been the butt of jokes for his monstrously huge contract, which is ranked 29th on the list of all-time richest sports contracts. The Colorado Rockies signed Hampton in 2001 to an eight-year deal worth $121,000,000. What did he give them? Two years with ERA's of 5.41 and 6.15.â†µ
Despite the contract, Hampton never really was any good. He had solid seasons between the ages of 22 and 27, but even then his K/9 never reached seven, while his BB/9 sat in the mid-to-high threes. That translated to poopery in Colorado, which apparently all but a few people could have seen coming.â†µ
Hampton was dealt to the Braves in 2003, and he did give them a few average seasons in the tail end of the division title run, including a 3.84 ERA in 190 innings in 2003. However, injuries kept him out for two full seasons, and he was never the same after that, mainly due to age and injury recovery.â†µ
Hampton's final ERA was 4.06 while his FIP was 4.27. He had a 5.50 K/9 and 3.57 BB/9. He recorded 148 career wins, and his career value was totaled at 31.1 fWAR.â†µ
Oh yeah, he hit .246 with 16 home runs, too, including seven for Colorado in 2001.