Former Brewers outfielder Darryl Hamilton killed in apparent murder-suicide
HOUSTON — Former pro baseball player and MLB Network analyst Darryl Hamilton was found dead in a possible murder-suicide in a community outside Houston, police said.
Pearland, Texas, police officers on Sunday afternoon responded to a disturbance call between a man and a woman, and when they arrived found the bodies of two adults at the residence and a 14-month-old child. The 911 call was made by a third party.
On Monday, police confirmed that Hamilton and Monica Jordan were the deceased. They were the parents of the child found at the scene, who was placed in the care of child protective services.
Hamilton had been shot several times, police said, and Jordan had an apparently self-inflicted wound.
At the outset, the deaths “appeared to be the result of a murder-suicide,” Pearland police said in a statement. The investigation is ongoing, the agency added.
Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin issued the following statement:
“All of us are stunned and saddened with the news of this horrible tragedy, something that is impossible for us to even begin to comprehend.
“Our thoughts and prayers go to Darryl’s family and friends, and he will be greatly missed. Darryl was a wonderful player for our organization, but more importantly, he was a true gentleman and a great friend to many here.”
Hamilton had a lengthy major league career that spanned from 1988 to 2001. The outfielder played for a number of teams, with his longest stints with the Milwaukee Brewers, the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets.
He also played for the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies.
He batted a career average of .291.
“All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened by this tragedy,” MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. said in a statement. “He was a talented and personable individual, and we were proud to call him a member of the Baseball Family.”
After retiring, Hamilton became an analyst at the MLB Network in 2013.