According to the Pearland Police Department, former Texas Rangers outfielder Darryl Hamilton and a woman named Monica Jordan were found dead Sunday evening in a home in the Houston suburb. Police say they believe Jordan shot Hamilton to death, then turned the gun on herself. Sunday after someone heard gunshots. When officers arrived, police say, they found found a male body near the front entrance. The 44 year old Jordan was found in another part of the house. Police also found a 14 month old child in the home, unharmed. Hamilton, 50, and Jordan were the parents of the child who is now in Child Protective Services’ care.
“Both of the dead suffered apparent gunshot wounds,” according to the police statement. “Based on the initial investigation, it appeared as if Hamilton was the victim of several gunshots and that Jordan had a self inflicted gunshot wound.”
We mourn the passing of former Rangers outfielder, Darryl Hamilton. Darryl played for the Rangers in 1996. The investigation is ongoing.
“All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened by this tragedy,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. 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.”
SportsDay’s Gerry Fraley, who has covered the Rangers over the last 25 years, wrote that Hamilton had several significant roles on the 1996 team and played a superb center field, handling 387 chances without an error, solving the wholesale baseball jerseys
swirling winds that had puzzled Rangers center fielders in the park’s first two seasons. Hamilton hit lead off and had a .346 on base percentage in the spot. He was also a strong clubhouse presence. Early in the season, in what became a watershed moment, Hamilton challenged the pitchers to protect the hitters. At that point, opposing teams were taking liberties throwing at Rangers hitters. The Rangers allowed Hamilton to depart as a free agent after the 1996 season to clear a spot for Damon Buford.
“The Rangers are shocked and saddened to hear of Darryl Hamilton’s untimely passing,” the team said in a statement. “Darryl played just one season for Texas, but it was a memorable year. Signed as a free agent in December 1995, Darryl was the leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the first playoff team in franchise history in 1996. He was not only an offensive catalyst and defensive standout on the field but also was a club leader and an outstanding teammate.”
The Rangers will have a moment of silence in his honor before Tuesday’s home game with the A’s.
On Twitter Monday morning, FOX baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal was among many in the media to express their shock over the murder of their friend and colleague: