Former major league baseball player and MLB Network analyst Darryl Hamilton was found dead Sunday at his home in suburban Houston, the victim of an apparent murder-suicide. He was 50.
Investigators believe he was shot and killed by his girlfriend, Monica Jordan, who was found dead in another part of the house. According to the Houston Chronicle, Jordan appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hamilton reportedly had been shot multiple times. Their 14-month-old son child was unharmed and taken into Child Protective Services.
Hamilton was born and raised in Louisiana and attended Nicholls State University. He made his major league debut in 1988 with the Milwaukee Brewers, where he remained through 1995. He retired in 2001 after stints with five teams and spending his final seasons with the New York Mets. He had a career .291 batting average and 51 home runs. After retiring, he entered broadcasting, and joined the MLB Network in 2013.
Hamilton was previously married to "Access Hollywood" host Shaun Robinson and fashion model Ursaline Steinke.
“All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened by this tragedy,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “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 announced they will hold a moment of silence for Hamilton, as well as late owner Nelson Doubleday, before Friday's game at Citi Field against the Cincinnati Reds.
“We are saddened by the tragic death of Darryl Hamilton,” the Mets 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.”