It was revealed on Monday that veteran Braves pitcher Mike Hampton would have to miss his 2nd consecutive full season, this time with a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow that will require surgery. When the Braves traded for Hampton in 2002, they thought they were getting a steal. But with Hampton finally nearing the end of his contract in 2008, he's proving to be the Grant Hill of the MLB.
Of course, you can't blame the Rockies for giving him a huge contract, because they always have to overpay every pitcher to pitch in that altitude. See also Denny Neagle. But this news just got me thinking: Is Mike Hampton the hugest bust in baseball contract history? I mean, one can debate for days weather or not A-Rod is worth a quarter-billion dollars, but I'm talking about injuries here, not alleged player worth. Arguing over what Gil Meche, Barry Zito, and Jeff Suppan earned this offseason is also for another article. The classic case of an injury-plagued multi-year contract is Ken Griffey Jr, who had season ending injuries from 2002-2004 and has never played a full season since signing with the Reds in 2000. Ben Sheets, Carl Pavano, and Mark Mulder spring to mind as well.
There is currently an article on AOL.com that was the inspiration for this article, which provides its list of the 15 worst contract busts in the history of sports. Mo Vaughn, the aforementioned Griffey, and Albert Belle also made this list, as far as baseball players go. Mr. Hampton, we wish you well, but I see that you will be 35 already next season, and that can't bode well for your future in the bigs, nor does being injured 5 of the past 7 years.
LAST NIGHT'S RESULTS:
Twins L (4-3)
Brewers called after 10, will resume in 11th tonight before next game (3-4)
Reds L (4-4)