Former MLB Player Darryl Hamilton Killed in Murder-Suicide, Police Say – Wall Street Journal

In this Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, former professional baseball player Darryl Hamilton sits in a golf cart at the Urban Youth Academy Celebrity Golf Classic at English Turn Golf Course in New Orleans.
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Former major-league outfielder and MLB Network analyst Darryl Hamilton has been found dead at a residence outside Houston, authorities said. He was 50 years old.

Police in Pearland, Texas, said they responded to a 911 call at approximately 4:45 p.m. Sunday, when they discovered Hamilton’s body near the front door. They located the body of Monica Jordan in another area of the home. The couple’s 14-month child was found unharmed and was released to Texas Child Protective Services.

Both Hamilton and Jordan died from apparent gunshot wounds. Police say Hamilton was the victim of several gunshots, and Jordan was killed from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation is ongoing.

“He was a talented and personable individual, and we were proud to call him a member of the baseball family,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

Hamilton played for five major-league teams from 1988 through 2001, posting a career batting average of .291 with 51 home runs and 454 RBIs. About half of his games came as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, where he spent seven seasons.

“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,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement. “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.”

Meanwhile, Hamilton played the majority of his final three years with New York Mets, appearing in four games of the 2000 World Series against the New York Yankees. In the 1999 National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, he went 6-for-17.

The Mets announced Monday afternoon that they will hold a moment of silence before Friday night’s home game for Hamilton and former owner Nelson Doubleday Jr., who died Wednesday.

“We are saddened by the tragic death of Darryl Hamilton,” the team said in a statement. “Darryl’s vibrant personality made him a key member of our postseason teams in 1999 and 2000. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Hamilton also played for the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies.

He had worked for MLB Network since 2013.

“In addition to being a consummate professional, he was a good friend to all at MLB.com and MLB Network, and he will be sorely missed,” said Bob Bowman, MLB’s president of business and media.

Write to Jared Diamond at jared.diamond@wsj.com

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