PEARLAND, Texas – Darryl Hamilton, a standout center fielder for 13 seasons, was killed in a murder-suicide in a suburban Houston home, authorities said Monday.
Hamilton was found Sunday after he was fatally shot in a house in Pearland. He was 50 and had worked for the MLB Network since 2013.
An initial investigation determined Hamilton was shot several times and that a woman in the home died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was identified as 44-year-old Monica Jordan, Pearland Police Lt. Patrick Savage said. The 14-month old child of Hamilton and Jordan was found unharmed at the home and turned over to Child Protective Services.
Hamilton, who was born in Baton Rouge, La., played for five teams over 13 seasons in the majors before retiring in 2001. He reached the postseason in four of his final five seasons, including the World Series with the Mets in 2000. He spent his first seven seasons with the Brewers, a team he did television work with in recent years.
Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin said the team was stunned by the tragedy.
“Darryl was a wonderful player for our organization, but more importantly, he was a true gentleman and a great friend to many here,” said Melvin, who was with Texas during Hamilton’s season with the Rangers.
Said Commissioner Rob Manfred: “All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened by this tragedy. He was a talented and personable individual, and we were proud to call him a member of the baseball family.”
Police responded to the home Sunday after receiving a 911 call. Hamilton’s body was found near the home’s main entry, while Jordan’s body was in another area of the house, Savage said.