» June 4, 1990:
The Braves wisely select Florida high school SS Chipper Jones with the first pick in the annual free-agent draft. The Tigers follow with Tony Clark and the Phils use the 3rd pick on Mike Lieberthal. The A's use their 14th choice to take the much sought after Todd Van Poppel, passed over because of his stated intention to pitch at the University of Texas. The A's change his mind and he signs on July 16th for $1.2 million. Picking 20th, the Orioles take Stanford's Mike Mussina. Late in the 6th round, the independent Class A Miami Miracle drafts Mike Lansing under a never-before-used rule. The rule will be abolished, but Lansing will play two years with the Miracle and make the majors with the Expos. Troy Percival (Angels) and Mike Hampton (Mariners) go in the 6th round, Rusty Greer (Rangers) in the 10th, and on the 12th round, the Twins take SS Pat Meares. The White Sox end up with the best draft, taking Alex Fernandez (1st round), Bob Wickman (2nd), Robert Ellis (3rd), James Baldwin (4th), Ray Durham (5th), Brandon Wilson (18th), and Jason Bere (36th). After selecting Carl Everett with the 10th overall pick, the Yanks pull two winners out of the low rounds: Andy Pettitte in the 20th round and Jorge Posada in the 24th.
» April 17, 1993: Seven players score as the Tigers score 20 runs in a game for the 2nd time this week, beating the Mariners, 20-3. Rob Deer is 1-for-2 and scores four runs, while Travis Fryman has four hits and scores five times. Chad Kreuter adds four hits and three runs and Gary Thurman paces the Bengals with four RBIs. Mike Hampton takes the loss with 2.1 innings of work.
» September 25, 1997: The Astros cinch the National League Central flag with a 91 win over the Cubs. Mike Hampton is the winner.
» October 1, 1997:
The Braves pound the Astros, 13-3, to lead 20 in their division series. Jeff Blauser homers for the Braves, who take advantage of eight walks from Houston's Mike Hampton in four 2/3 innings.
» September 13, 1999: Mike Hampton (203) wins his 20th game, 132, over the Phils and Astros win their club-record 11th straight game.
» December 23, 1999: The Mets obtain P Mike Hampton and OF Derek Bell from the Astros OF Roger Cedeno and pitchers Octavio Dotel and Kyle Kessel.
» March 29, 2000: The Cubs open the major league season in the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, by defeating the Mets, 5-3, in the first big league game ever played outside of North America. Jon Lieber gets the victory and new ace Mike Hampton takes the loss. Shane Andrews hits the first home run of the new millennium. Mark Grace and Mike Piazza also homer.
» July 9, 2000:
The Yankees lose to Mike Hampton and the Mets, 20. Benitez closes for the Mets, while Andy Pettitte is the loser. The Yanks also lose Shane Spencer, who blows out his knee and ends his season. The game at Shea Stadium draws 54,283, the largest regular season crowd for the Mets since 1970.
» October 11, 2000: The Mets defeat the Cardinals, 6-2, in the opener of the NLCS behind the pitching of Mike Hampton. Todd Zeile and Jay Payton hit 9th-inning homers for New York, whose pitchers had their streak of 26 consecutive scoreless ended by two unearned runs in the 9th.
» October 16, 2000: The Mets defeat the Cardinals, 7-0 behind Mike Hampton, to win their 1st pennant since 1986. Hampton takes NLCS MVP honors with his 16 scoreless innings and two victories. Todd Zeile drives home three runs with a bases loaded double for NY.
» December 9, 2000: The Rockies sign free agent P Mike Hampton to an 8-year contract worth $121 million.
» December 14, 2000:
The Expos obtain 3B Fernando Tatis and P Britt Reames from the Cardinals for pitchers Dustin Hermanson and Steve Kline. The Cards, snubbed by Mike Hampton, pick up a starter in Hermanson. Tatis missed 54 games after an April 29 groin injury.
» April 18, 2001: Mike Hampton pitches his 2nd strong effort (8 IP, four hits) of the year with an 80 win over San Diego. Jeff Cirillo homers and Larry Walker homers in his 4th straight game.
» June 5, 2001:
At Coors Field, Mike Hampton (82) beats Houston, 94, and hits a pair of homers. Hampton, who came into the season homerless, now has four dingers: The Mets, Hampton's team last year, have a combined five homers from their outfielders.
» August 9, 2001: The Rockies defeated the Cubs, 145, despite three successive home runs by Sammy Sosa. Winning pitcher Mike Hampton ties the NL record for home runs in a season by a pitcher by hitting his 7th. The major-league record is 9.
» October 2, 2001: Randy Johnson (216) strikes out six batters in seven innings in the Diamondbacks 101 win over Colorado. Arizona stays two games ahead of SF with Johnson's 200th career victory. The six K's give Johnson a season total of 372, and leaves Nolan Ryan's modern day single season record of 383, set in 1973, safe. Johnson also hits Larry Walker with a pitch, giving him 18 HBPs for the year. Mike Hampton (1413) retaliates by plunking Johnson, upsetting the D'Back's bench. Luis Gonzalez hits his 57th home run for Arizona.
» April 30, 2002:
The Rockies score eight times in bottom of the 4th inning on the way to a 100 whitewashing of the Pirates. The wheels come off for Buc starter Dave Williams as he hits two batters and makes two balks in the 4th. Mike Hampton goes seven innings for the win.
» November 16, 2002: In a swap of large contracts, the Rockies trade P Mike Hampton and OF Juan Pierre to the Marlins for OF Preston Wilson, C Charles Johnson, P Vic Darensbourg, and IF Pablo Ozuna.
» November 18, 2002: The Marlins send recently acquired P Mike Hampton to the Braves. In return, they obtain the young arms of Tim Spooneybarger and Ryan Baker. Spooneybarger had a 2.63 ERA in 51 games as a 22-yearold rookie (he also pitched in four games in 2001). Baker, 24, had a 3.72 ERA in class A.