The second phase of his career began three years later when, at 35, he signed with the Atlanta Braves AAA-team as a lefthanded reliever. He made it back to the big leagues in 2002 with the Braves and came up HUGE out of the bullpen: 7-2, 0.95 ERA, allowing only 1 HR in 76 innings. Since that year, he has continued to be a solid reliever for the Yankees, A's, and Padres. The Reds are the latest team to sign him in the offseason, and plan to use him as a lefty-middle reliever, right behind Kent Mercker in our bullpen depth chart.
Additional biographical & personal information can be found in Hammond's entry in Red Hot Mama's Human League.
Historical Stats (please see my Baseball Statistics Quicksheet for explanations & discussion of the statistics used below):
As with Weathers, his home/away splits don't mean much because he has played for three different teams over the past three years.
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Chris Hammond Foundation