Mike Hampton doing what he did best in a Braves uniform -- sitting down.
The two-time All-Star, 2003 Gold Glove Winner, and Silver Slugger Award winner from 1999-2003 came to the Braves with high hopes attached.
In 1999, he posted a 22-4 season, complete with a 2.90 ERA and 177 strikeouts. While in Colorado, he went 14-13 wit a 5.41 ERA in 2001 and 7-15 with a 6.15 ERA in 2002.
Surely he would benefit from Turner Field's thicker air and deeper fences, right? Wrong-o.
Sure, he had a decent year in 2003, going 14-8 with a 3.84 ERA and 110 K. And maybe he had an all right year in 2004, posting a 13-9 record with a 4.28 ERA and 87 K.
That's where the fun ended. In 2005, Hampton got hurt toward the beginning of the year, picthing in only 12 games and going 5-3 with a 3.50 ERA.
It just got worse. From 2006-2007, he didn't play a game. Plus, in 2006, he "earned" $14,503,543 and $15,975,804 in 2007. For what? To sit on his keister.
Would 2008 be any better? No, it wouldn't. He went 3-4, had a 4.85 ERA, and pitched only 13 games before, you guessed it, getting hurt again. He has since tried to play for the Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks with little success.
In summary, Hampton wasted two seasons, cost the Braves close to $30 million, and produced so little, the Braves could hardly tell he was on the roster except by his salary.
Good riddance... maybe Hampton will serve as a thorn in the side of any Atlanta GM foolish enough to trade for a guy like him.