Robert Wade (Robby) Hammock...has two daughters, Gentry and Kayda...played collegiately at Dekalb Junior College and the University of Georgia...graduated from South Cobb (Georgia) High School.
Opened the season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...placed on the disabled list on May 15...played in 4 rehab games with GCL Yankees, over which he hit .500 (6-for-12) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 4 RBI...reinstated on Aug. 19 and spent the remainder of the season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Spent the entire season with Norfolk...plated a season-high 4 runs on July 17 vs. Chattanooga...strung together a season-long 6-game hitting streak to finish the season, over which he hit .350 (7-for-20).
Had 3 separate stints with the D-backs after splitting time between the big league club and Tucson...opened the season with the D-backs for the second consecutive season and made 5 starts behind the plate before being optioned on May 26...hit safely in his first 10 games with the Sidewinders, batting .447 (17-for-38) from May 28-June 7...recalled on July 1 and made 6 starts as catcher before being optioned back on July 20...recalled again on Sept. 1.
Broke camp on the 25-man roster for the first time in his professional career...Stroked a pinch-hit single on April 4 at Colorado for his first hit of the season...Hit .237 (9-for-38) over 29 games with the D-backs before being optioned to Tucson (AAA) on June 11 to make room for Chad Tracy to come off the disabled list...Made his first start for the Sidewinders on June 12, going 2-for-4 with an RBI...Strung together a 13-game hit streak from June 20-July 1, batting .509 (27-for-53) with 6 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBI and 10 runs scored...over that stretch, he had 10 consecutive multi-hit games including a trio of 3-hit performances...Had a career game on Aug. 23 at Las Vegas, going 5-for-6 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI as part of a 17-run, 26-hit performance by the Sidewinders...Appeared at catcher, first base, third base, left field and right field for the D-backs, holding a .983 fielding percentage.
Hammock, a catcher turned utility infielder and outfielder, was a September callup and saw his first action with the D-Backs since 2004. He appeared in only one game, on Sept. 28, when he got two at-bats and hit a double and scored a run. Hammock, a fan favorite and one of the Baby 'Backs of '04, was sidelined all of 2005 with injuries and spent limited playing time with Triple-A Tucson.
Released by Arizona in early February and underwent right shoulder surgery to repair his labrum...re-signed with the D-backs in April, but played in just 3 games in August due to injuries.
Bothered by a troublesome left knee throughout the season...Caught Randy Johnson's perfect game May 18 and also was behind the plate for Johnson's 4,000th career strikeout June 29 vs. Padres...Hit .350 in September.
Robby barely got a taste of his first season of Triple-A ball with Tucson before getting started on his Major League career ... he was called up to the majors for the first time in his career on April 1, the day after reliever Bret Prinz suffered an Opening Day right groin injury ... Hammock's first big league experience was just a 2-day stint of observing the game before going back to Tucson on April 3 ... he participated in only 2 games for the Sidewinders before getting another call to the majors, this time after Rod Barajas went on the shelf on April 7 with a hamstring injury ... Robby made his major league debut on April 11 as a defensive replacement at third base, getting his first major league hit, a seventh inning single off of the Brewers' Shane Nance ... he had a memorable first start 2 days later against Milwaukee going 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and his first home run, a 3-run blast off of Glendon Rusch, while also throwing out Alex Sanchez attempting to steal ... Hammock hit .421 (8-for-19) in his first 8 games with Arizona ... he was returned to Tucson on May 3 when Curt Schilling was activated from the disabled list ... he was recalled once again on June 6 and started 6 consecutive games ... he tied the team record with 2 triples on June 8 against Cleveland, also setting a career-high with 4 hits ... he hit .419 (13-for-31) in his first 11 career major league games ... he made his first career start at third base on June 11 in Kansas City ... he compiled a 6-game hit streak from June 13-20, batting .348 (8-for-23) ... he launched a tie-breaking, two-run home run in the tenth inning on June 29 in Detroit for a 5-3 Arizona win ... his solo homer on July 3 in Colorado followed Shea Hillenbrand's blast ... Robby was optioned to Tucson on July 23 , then was recalled for the fourth and final time on August 6 when Mark Grace went on the shelf ... Robby appeared in 32 of the team's final 50 contests, and was the starting catcher in 21 of the team's last 38 games ... he was 3-for-3 with a solo homer on July 19 and combined with a double and 2 walks on July 21, he had reached base in 7 straight plate appearances before flying out in his final at bat of the game ... he reached base in all 5 plate appearances on July 23 with a single, 2 doubles and 2 walks, tying his career high with 4 RBI ... he homered in consecutive games on August 25 and 26 against the Padres bringing to a close a 9-game stretch in which he hit .500 (15-for-30) with 8 runs, 8 RBI and 5 walks while reaching base in 21 of 36 plate appearances ... all told, he started 28 games behind the plate, 11 games at third base and 9 games in rightfield ... he caught 6 of 22 attempted basestealers ... Robby enjoyed playing at Bank One Ballpark where he hit .327 (34-for-104) with 5 homers and 20 RBIs in 38 games.
Signed as Arizona's 23rd round selection in the 1998 June free agent draft.
While Robby came to the ballpark ready to play everyday, his only dilemma was which glove to use... appearing in 122 of 138 games for El Paso (AA), the versatile player appeared in 56 games behind the plate, 38 in leftfield, 21 in right field and 11 at third base, while also being employed on 6 occasions as the designated hitter...he led the team with 8 sacrifice flies, tied for second with 11 homers, ranked third with 73 RBI, finished fourth in runs (68), hits (128) and at bats (441), fifth with 28 doubles and tied for fifth with 122 games played...a .332 hitter (74-for-223) at home, he had 51 RBI, 41 runs scored and 29 extra-base hits in 61 home contests...he opened the season by hitting safely in 7 of his first 8 games at a .379 clip (11-for-29) with 8 runs scored and 8 RBI and hit in 5 consecutive contests from April 8-12 with a .500 average (8-for-16)...he hit just .205 (8-for-39) with 3 runs scored and 9 RBI in his next 12 games to close out April...he hit safely in 12 of 14 outings from the second game of a May 4 twinbill through May 19, batting .321 (17-for-53)...in a span of 18 games from May 25-June 13 (first game), he picked up at least one hit in 15 contests while hitting .368 (28-for-76) with 10 runs scored, 7 doubles and 15 RBI...included in that stretch was his best game of the season, an 18-17 contest on June 1 vs. Tulsa, in which he was 5-for-6 with 2 runs scored, a homer and 4 RBI...he hit the front end of back-to-back homers with Steve Neal in the sixth inning and tied the game with a single in the ninth...Robby concluded his season by hitting safely in 10 of his final 11 contests at a .467 clip (21-for-45) with 11 runs, 5 doubles and 7 RBI...he had at least 1 hit in 78 games, including 39 multi-hit contests...he bounced back from a rough July in which he batted .212 (18-for-85) with 10 runs scored over 23 contests to hit .359 (33-for-92) with 21 runs scored in 26 games in August... he hit .312 (44-for-141) with 60 RBI when runners were in scoring position.
He played all eight field positions in the season finale for Lancaster...he finished with a 13-game hitting streak from Aug. 18-Sept. 3.
In the season opener, he hit a 2-run home run, 2-run triple and delivered the game-winning RBI single in bottom of the ninth inning...he hit .446 (29-for-65) with 10 doubles in 20 games from April 27-May 23.
Finished fifth in the California League with a .332 average for High Desert...named Player of the Week for May 10-16.