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Darryl Hamilton

June 23, 2015

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Darryl Hamilton was killed on June 21 as part of an apparent murder/suicide. This came as a shock to his family, friends, former teammates, and his colleagues at MLB Network. He had a 13 year Major League career playing for 5 teams.

Hamilton spent parts of 7 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was drafted by the Brewers in the 11th round of the 1986 draft. He made his MLB debut with the Brewers in 1988, playing in 44 games. He came up for good in 1990, playing in all 3 outfield positions until 1994 when he became the regular center fielder for the Brewers.

Hamilton was a fan favorite in Milwaukee who always seemed to have a smile on his face. He is in the top 35 in many of the Brewers all-time statistics, including 10th in stolen bases (109) and 5th in batting average (.290). He was a solid defensive outfielder who finished first in his league in fielding percentage 4 times. He currently ranks 6th in career fielding percentage for outfielders in all of MLB.

Hamilton signed with the Texas Rangers in 1996 as a free agent. He was their starting center fielder and leadoff hitter and led the Rangers to their first ever post season series. The Rangers lost the division series in 4 games to the New York Yankees.

From there, Hamilton went on to play for the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and New York Mets. He played in the postseason with the Giants in 1997 and the Mets in 1999 and 2000. The 2000 Mets went to the World Series but lost to the Yankees.

The Brewers observed a moment of silence in Milwaukee before the game against the Mets on June 22. The Rangers also observed a moment of silence before their game against the Oakland A’s.

“He fit right in with us,” said former Brewer Jim Gantner, the second baseman when Hamilton arrived in 1988. “He knew how to play the game. He was always getting on base. I remember when he first came up, [former Brewers hitting coach] Don Baylor saying he was going to win a batting title someday. He was that good a hitter.”

Hamilton was a popular player among his teammates and fans. He will be missed. Rest in peace.

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