Colorado Rockies Suffer A Loss Off The Field Regarding Darryl Hamilton
Very tough, heartbreaking news to swallow this morning regarding former Colorado Rockies outfielder Darryl Hamilton. According to ABC13, the Pearland police department indeed confirmed the death of Hamiton in what appeared to be a murder-suicide.
Here’s more from the story:
"Police were called at around 4:45pm by a third party to a home in the 11500 block of Island Breeze in the Shadow Creek Ranch subdivision. The call was about a disturbance inside.Once officers entered the home, they found Hamilton, 50, dead near the entrance and Monica Jordan, 44, dead in another area of the home. The couple’s 14-month-old was in the home at the time but the toddler was unhurt. The child was turned over to Child Protective Services."
Hamilton began his 13-year Major League career with the Milwaukee Brewers back in 1988 as a 23-year old, drafted in the 11th round of the free-agent draft. He spent seven years with the Brewers, followed by three with the New York Mets before ending up at 20th and Blake. Hamilton was a great player for the Rockies and the numbers back him up.
If you remember correctly, the Colorado Rockies acquired Hamilton at the trade deadline on July 31, 1998. Colorado shipped out Ellis Burks in exchange for Jim Stoops, Darryl Hamilton and a player to be named later, which ended up being Jason Brester.
In his brief stint with the Colorado Rockies, Hamilton slashed at a line of .315/.386/.418 with 20 doubles, four triples, nine home runs and 49 RBI’s. Needless to say, Hamilton was an all-around solid player for the Rockies in the late 90’s. Not to mention, the guy struck out just 39 times during the 1999 season.
Photo via Darryl Hamilton Twitter Account.
After being acquired by Colorado at the deadline in 98′, Hamilton had a ridiculous month of September. The speedy outfielder slashed at a line of .385/.462/.527 with four doubles, three home runs, 12 walks and 15 RBI’s. Hamilton punched out just 10 times in 91 at-bats.
Hamilton retired with the Mets after the 2001 campaign, finding himself a gig at MLB Radio. Hamilton then left MLB Radio, catching on as a color analyst for a couple of Los Angeles Angels games. Since 2013, Hamilton was a mainstay on MLB Network, serving as an on-air analyst and did a very good job at it if you will.
Needless to say, the news surrounding Darryl Hamilton is tough to digest and hard to process. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We here at Rox Pile will keep you posted on the latest details regarding the case.