Former major leaguer Darryl Hamilton has been killed in a murder-suicide at a suburban Houston home, reports ESPN.com. He was 50.
Hamilton was found Sunday after he was fatally shot in a house in Pearland, police said Monday. He had been working as an analyst 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. Hamilton and Jordan’s 14-month-old child, who was found unharmed at the home, was turned over to Child Protective Services.
Hamilton was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He played for five teams over 13 seasons in the majors before retiring in 2001, reaching the postseason in four of his final five seasons.
He had a career batting average of .291 in 1,328 games with Milwaukee (1988, 1990-95), Texas (1996), San Francisco (1997-98), Colorado (1998-99) and the New York Mets (1999-2001). He batted left-handed, but threw with his right arm and had a career fielding percentage of .995 with only 14 errors in 2,770 defensive chances.
Hamilton later worked in operations for the commissioner’s office and for baseball’s digital arm, MLB Advanced Media.
“All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened by this tragedy,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Darryl followed a successful 13-year career on the field by assembling a multifaceted career in our game, working for MLB Advanced Media and in our Baseball Operations Department before moving on to MLB Network.
“He was a talented and personable individual, and we were proud to call him a member of the Baseball Family. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest sympathies to Darryl’s family and his many friends throughout our game.”
The Mets mourned the loss and said they planned to hold a moment of silence before their next home game on Friday night to honor both Hamilton and Nelson Doubleday Jr., their former owner who died last week at the age of 81.