Sunday, June 21st, Pearland Police received a 911 call with a report of a shooting. Police responded and arrived to find former MLB center field standout, Darryl Hamilton dead from several gunshot wounds. Also in the house was a female, identified as 44yr. old Monica Jordan, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Their 14 month old baby was unharmed and taken into custody by Child Protective Services.
Hamilton was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1986 and retired from professional baseball in 2001 after making it to the World Series with the New York Mets. He played for 5 different teams in his 13 year career, never for the Houston Astros, but he did play a year with the Texas Rangers. The team praised Hamilton:
“He was not only an offensive catalyst and defensive standout on the field but also was a club leader and an outstanding teammate,” said the team, which planned a moment of silence before Tuesday night’s home game against Oakland.”
He was currently working as an analyst for MLB. He was well liked and respected by teammates and coaches alike. Commissioner Rob Manfred issued this statement:
“All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened by this tragedy. He was 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 the game.”
The New York Mets are also mourning this loss and plan to hold a moment of silence at their next home game.