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June 22, 2015

Police: Ex-Mets OF Darryl Hamilton killed in murder-suicide

HOUSTON -- Former Major League outfielder and baseball broadcast analyst Darryl Hamilton was fatally shot at a suburban Houston home where his girlfriend was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gun wound, police in Pearland said on Monday.

The bodies of Hamilton, 50, and Monica Jordan, 44, were taken to a medical examiner. The couple's 14-month-old infant was found unharmed at the home owned by Jordan and was taken into the care of Texas Child Protective Services.

Hamilton’s body was found near the entry of the home with multiple gunshot wounds while Jordan’s body was found in another part of the home, police said.

"At this point it does not appear that there was any kind of struggle. The incident occurred just inside the front door," police Lieutenant Onesimo Lopez told reporters at the scene.

Authorities responded to the home when a third-party called 911 to report a disturbance.

Hamilton played 13 seasons as a Major League outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and New York Mets before becoming an on-air analyst for the MLB Network.

He batted .291 with 1,333 hits, 707 runs scored and 454 RBI in his career, according to

Hamilton frequently took to Twitter to share baseball commentary and photographs. His last tweet came on Saturday to congratulate Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer on his no-hitter.

Colleagues mourned Hamilton's death.

"RIP, Darryl Hamilton. I can’t believe I am even typing this. I loved working with him, loved being around him. Just a fantastic person," Fox baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal wrote on Twitter.

Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement, "All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened by this tragedy."