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Expect better times ahead for Hampton in Atlanta

Mike Hampton was abysmal in his two years with the Rockies. He should be much better for the Braves.

Originally Published: November 20, 2002
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Once upon a time, in another lifetime, Mike Hampton was one of the best left-handed pitchers of his day. Then the Rocky Mountains entered his life.

We don't need to get into what has happened to Hampton since. That's been better-documented this week than Michael Jackson's stupid baby tricks.

But now that Hampton has been airlifted out of Coors Field to a team where Cy Youngs grow like peach blossoms, only one question matters:

Can he ever be that pitcher he used to be ...

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