Hammond pitched for 14 years in the majors, posting a 66-62 career record with a 4.14 ERA. He came up in 1990 with the Cincinnati Reds. He won 11 games for the Florida Marlins in 1993, which would be his career high. He went on to pitch for the Boston Red Sox before returning to the Marlins in 1998. Hammond retired after that season and spent the next two years out of baseball. He returned in 2002 as a relief specialist with the Atlanta Braves. He went on to pitch for the New York Yankees, Oakland A’s and San Diego Padres before ending his career with the Reds in 2006.
Hammond hit his first home run on June 17, 1992, off John Burkett at Riverfront Stadium. He also pitched 6.2 innings to get the victory in a 6-4 Reds win over the San Francisco Giants. He connected on a grand slam while playing for the Marlins on May 29, 1995, at Joe Robbie Stadium. He hit it in the second inning off the Houston Astros Shane Reynolds and the runs put Florida up in a game they would go on to win 9-7. He did not fare as well on the mound, however, as he was pulled in the middle of the fourth and did not get the win. Hammond had the best year of his career when he returned to baseball in 2002. He went 7-2 that season for the Braves, while posting a 0.95 ERA in 76 innings.
Hammond pitched in one game of the 2003 World Series for the Yankees. He did not allow a run during two innings of work in Game 5. The Yankees lost the game 6-4 and dropped the series in six.
Chris Hammond – career stats