Tragedy struck the baseball world today as former New York Mets outfielder Darryl Hamilton was found dead in a murder-suicide in Pearland, Texas, near Houston. Hamilton was 50. Jonathan Lehman of the New York Post reported the story.
Local police responded to a disturbance call yesterday at Hamilton’s home and found his body near the entrance. He had been shot multiple times. Monica Jordan, the mother of Hamilton’s 14-month-old daughter, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The child was released to Texas Child Protective Services.
A veteran of 13 MLB seasons, Hamilton spent his career not only with the Mets, but also with the Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers. Over that stretch, he hit .291 with 1,333 hits, 51 home runs, 454 RBI and 163 steals. He also had a reputation as a phenomenal fielder and could play all three outfield positions.
Following his retirement, Hamilton first worked for MLB Radio (MLB Advanced Media) before taking a job in the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office for On-Field Operations. In 2012, he joined the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as a part-time radio color commentator before joining MLB Network as an on-air personality and analyst. Last season, on top of working at MLB Network, he was a part-time color commentator for one of his former teams, the Milwaukee Brewers.
Campus Sports extends its deepest condolences to the Hamilton family and will update this story as more information comes in.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to ABC13