This is just awful. I have just learned that Darryl Hamilton, former MLB player and on-air personality for the MLB Network, was killed in a murder-suicide outside his home in Houston last night. He was 50.
Hamilton was shot several times by his girlfriend Monica Jordan who then turned the gun on herself. Found unharmed at the scene was their 14-month old child. Now that child has no parents.
Hamilton played in the bigs for 13 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and the New York Mets. He was a good defensive outfielder with some speed on the basepaths. In 1992, Hamilton stole 41 bases for a Brewers team which only finished four games behind the eventual World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays. Hamilton would play in the 2000 World Series while a member of the Mets. He would finish his career after the 2001 season with 1,333 hits, a .291 lifetime batting average, 51 home runs, 454 RBI, 163 stolen bases and a fielding percentage of .995. I’m surprised he didn’t get more Gold Glove consideration.
Following his retirement in 2001, Hamilton worked for MLB Advanced Media and later in the Office of the MLB Commissioner’s Baseball Operations Department. In 2013, Hamilton joined the MLB Network. In recent years, he also did some broadcasting for both the Los Angeles Angels and the Milwaukee Brewers.
I liked Hamilton’s low-key on air demeanor and thought he made good observations about the game. Of course, one never knows what goes on behind the camera and, in light of last night’s events, something was obviously amiss away from the set of the MLB Network. Still, when Hamilton tweeted about Max Scherzer’s no-hitter I’m sure he didn’t think he would be dead 24 hours later. It makes looking at the Tweets showing pictures of Hamilton and his children all the more sad.