Mike William Hampton (Jr.) was born September 9th, 1972 in Brooksville, Florida. He is married to Katia, with whom he has two children- Michael Gage, born 1995, and Griffin, born 8/21/1999. He is listed as 5'10" & 180 lbs. He did not attend college.
Mike's career started when he was aquired by the Seattle Mariners in the 6th round of the June, 1990 draft, when he was only 17. But before sporting #59 for them in 1993, Mike went to play for their Tempe, San Bernadino, & Bellingham clubs.
On December 10, 1993 Mike was traded to the Houston Astros. There, he was voted an All Star for the first time. He also came in 2nd for the 1999 Cy Young Award.
Mike's next move was on December 23, 1999, the day he was traded to the New York Mets. Mike was #10 on the Houston Astros, but when he came to NY #10 already belonged to the out-for-the-season Rey Ordonez. Therefore he added up his kid's birth date's (the 21st & the 11th), equaling 32. In that 2000 season, Mike won the 2000 NLCS MVP Award for pitching his team to the World Series.
In the off season soon after, Mike became a free agent. He then chose to play for the Colorado Rockies for the next eight years, under a $121 million dollar contract. (However, it was originally said to be 123.8 million).