Veteran Mike Hampton retires

Sports Network

, Last Updated: 1:01 PM ET

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Veteran pitcher Mike Hampton has decided to retire.

According to MLB.com, Hampton told Diamondbacks management Thursday that he was leaning toward retirement. The report said he informed the team of his decision Saturday morning.

Hampton, 38, signed a minor-league deal with Arizona in December. He had thrown 4 1/3 shutout innings in 10 relief appearances for the Diamondbacks during the 2010 season.

But the left-hander said it was a battle to prepare for the season, according to MLB.com, and decided he was done.

His decision ends a 16-season career marked by peaks and valleys. He became a star after going 22-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 1999 with the Astros, and signed a lucrative long-term contract with Colorado prior to the 2001 season.

Hampton spent two largely disappointing seasons with the Rockies before joining Atlanta, but his career was then derailed by injuries. He did not pitch during the 2006-07 seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

He began his career with Seattle in 1993, and went on to pitch for the Astros, Mets, Rockies, Braves, and Diamondbacks. In 419 games (355 starts), he went 148-115 with a 4.06 ERA.

A two-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger recipient, Hampton was also noted for his hitting. He posted a .246 batting average and 43 extra-base hits (16 home runs) in 845 career plate appearances.


Videos

Photos