Despite a fine 14 year career, I will always remember Chris Hammond as an Oakland Athletic. He was a fantastic pen arm that season, appearing in 41 games and carrying a 1.286 WHIP and 2.68 ERA in 53.2 innings. This season was not an outlier either.
From 1990 to 1998 Hammond was a starter, but not a particularly successful one. By 1998 he was no longer an effective pitcher, and coupled with a shoulder injury he decided to retire.
In 2001 he made a comeback attempt with the Cleveland Indians. He never made it to the big league club, and was released. He signed with the Braves, and in 2002 would have an amazing season, posting a sub 1.00 ERA in 76 innings. He would win 7 games as well, and be one of the premier pen arms in the game.
This success allowed him to sign a multi-year deal with the Yankees. They would pitch well, but eventually be traded to the A’s. After another good season he would sign with the Padres, and well pitching well despite his shoulder continuing to bother him. He would retire in 2006 as a Red.
Chris Hammond has a very nice charity, the Chris Hammond Youth Foundation.
|1999||Did not play in major or minor leagues (Did Not Play)|
|2000||Did not play in major or minor leagues (Did Not Play)|
|162 Game Avg.||8||7||4.14||52||16||132||137||46||84||100||1.379|