Former Brave Hampton decides to retire
29 March 2008: Mike Hampton of the Atlanta Braves in an exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians at Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images
Former Atlanta Brave Mike Hampton told the Diamondbacks staff this week that he plans to retire.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports: “When Hampton left D-backs camp Thursday, he informed general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson that he was leaning toward retirement. He returned Saturday morning to tell them and his teammates that he has indeed opted to retire.”
After a good start for the Braves in 2005, Hampton suffered an arm injury and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery. He never pitched well for the Braves after that, tried to make a strong return with several teams, and finally was with the Diamondbacks on a Minor League contract.
I shot this photo in March 2008, when he started an exhibition game with much anticipation. But despite a good start and tremendous determination to return, he never completed the expected comeback with the team.