All Mike Hampton has ever wanted to do is throw a baseball from a major league mound. Apparently, the forces of nature, God, or whatever is in charge of his destiny has made that virtually impossible to do for any extended period of time.
The injury-prone, papier-mâché lefty will miss the entire 2010 season due to a torn rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder along with some other unspecified damage... like his bruised ego.
It was beginning to look like Hampton's hard luck was through, but now at age 37, Hampton is approaching the end of what could have been an amazing career. Signed this season by the Houston Astros, he went 7-10 with a 5.30 ERA over 112 innings, which is considered leaps and bounds since he hasn't made that many starts (21) since his 29 appearances with the Atlanta Braves in 2004.
All in all, he's spent an incredible amount of time on the disabled list with a plethora of injuries including issues with his groin, calf, back and forearm. Let's go ahead and add shoulder to that list.
To tell you the truth, I was beginning to get nervous about a bet I had made early on in the season that Hampton wouldn't last the entire year without landing on the DL. Bassmaster, I'll take my $20 in cold hard cash, than you very much.
See you in 2011, Murphy.
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