Darryl Hamilton, the man who played center field for one of the most important teams in Texas Rangers history, was shot to death near Houston sometime Sunday afternoon.
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According to the Pearland Police Department, Hamilton and Monica Jordan were found dead after officers responded to a 911 call at 4:45 p.m. Hamilton had multiple gunshot wounds; Jordan suffered one, apparently self-inflicted shot. Hamilton and Jordan's 14-month-old child was found unharmed. The child is now in CPS custody.
Hamilton played just year, 1996, in Arlington, but he was a key part of the first team in Rangers history to make the playoffs. He helped the Rangers to an AL West-winning 90-72 record, hitting .293, mostly from the leadoff spot. On April 19, 1996, he memorably had three plate appearances — collecting a single and a walk before grounding out — in a single inning, as the Rangers scored 16 runs in the bottom of the eighth as part of a 26-7 rout of the Orioles.
Hamilton retired from baseball in 2001. He was employed as an analyst for the MLB Network.