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Death of former Met Darryl Hamilton shocks baseball

Darryl Hamilton #18 of the New York Mets

Darryl Hamilton #18 of the New York Mets looks on during warmups before a game against the San Francisco Giants at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco on May 12, 2001. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jeff Gross

The death of former Met Darryl Hamilton on Sunday sent shock waves throughout baseball, which mourned the loss of a standout player who later enjoyed success as a television analyst.

Hamilton, 50, was found shot to death in his suburban Houston home, the victim of what Pearland, Texas, police initially deemed a murder-suicide.

According to the police report, the body of Monica Jordan, 44, was found in another part of the home in Pearland. Police believe she shot Hamilton before taking her own life.

The couple's 14-month-old son was found in the home unharmed, according to police. Police said the infant was released to Texas Child Protective services.

All were discovered at about 4:45 p.m. on Sunday when police responded to a 911 call, according to the report.

"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.''

The outfielder hit .291 in a 13-year career that spanned from 1988 to 2001 with five clubs: the Brewers, Rangers, Giants, Rockies and Mets.

A moment of silence is planned in Milwaukee Tuesday night before the Mets' game against the Brewers. He again will be honored by the Mets with a moment of silence before Friday night's game against the Reds.

"All of us are stunned and saddened with the news of this terrible tragedy, something that is impossible for us to even comprehend,'' Brewers president and general manager Doug Melvin said.

Melvin also served as Rangers general manager during Hamilton's lone season with the team. Said Melvin: "Darryl was a wonderful player for our organization, but more importantly, he was a true gentleman and a great friend to many here.''

Commissioner Rob Manfred mourned the loss of what he called a proud member of the baseball family.

"All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened by this tragedy,'' Manfred said 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.''


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