From the Collection: Chris Hammond, rp, Oakland Athletics

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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.

Year Age Tm Lg W L ERA G GS IP H BB SO ERA+ WHIP
1990 24 CIN NL 0 2 6.35 3 3 11.1 13 12 4 65 2.206
1991 25 CIN NL 7 7 4.06 20 18 99.2 92 48 50 95 1.405
1992 26 CIN NL 7 10 4.21 28 26 147.1 149 55 79 87 1.385
1993 27 FLA NL 11 12 4.66 32 32 191.0 207 66 108 91 1.429
1994 28 FLA NL 4 4 3.07 13 13 73.1 79 23 40 142 1.391
1995 29 FLA NL 9 6 3.80 25 24 161.0 157 47 126 110 1.267
1996 30 FLA NL 5 8 6.56 38 9 81.0 104 27 50 62 1.617
1997 31 BOS AL 3 4 5.92 29 8 65.1 81 27 48 79 1.653
1998 32 FLA NL 0 2 6.59 3 3 13.2 20 8 8 63 2.049
1999 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Did Not Play)
2000 Did not play in major or minor leagues (Did Not Play)
2002 36 ATL NL 7 2 0.95 63 0 76.0 53 31 63 441 1.105
2003 37 NYY AL 3 2 2.86 62 0 63.0 65 11 45 155 1.206
2004 38 OAK AL 4 1 2.68 41 0 53.2 56 13 34 170 1.286
2005 39 SDP NL 5 1 3.84 55 0 58.2 51 14 34 101 1.108
2006 40 CIN NL 1 1 6.91 29 0 28.2 36 5 23 68 1.430
14 Yrs 66 62 4.14 441 136 1123.2 1163 387 712 100 1.379
162 Game Avg. 8 7 4.14 52 16 132 137 46 84 100 1.379
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/19/2014.
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