Darryl Hamilton, who played in the majors for 13 seasons, died in an apparent murder-suicide, according to the Houston Chronicle. He was 50.
Hamilton and Monica Jordan -- with whom the former major leaguer had a 14-month-old child -- were found dead on Sunday afternoon in a Pearland, Texas home. The bodies were identified to the public on Monday.
Police said officers were sent to the home on an emergency call about a disturbance. When they arrived, they found the body of Darryl Hamilton, 50, near the front entry way. The body of Monica Jordan, 44, was found in another part of the home.
Investigators said it appeared Hamilton had been shot more than once and Jordan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police said the couple's 14-month-old child was also found unharmed in the home. The infant was turned over to the state's Child Protective Services.
Hamilton spent parts of two seasons with the Colorado Rockies, posting a .315/.386/.418 line in 604 plate appearances from 1998-99. Hamilton joined Colorado in a trade that sent star outfielder Ellis Burks to the San Francisco Giants on July 31, 1998. Exactly a year later, Hamilton was sent to the New York Mets in exchange for Rigo Beltran, Brian McRae and Thomas Johns.
After being cut by the Mets, Hamilton re-signed with the Rockies in July of 2001. Colorado released Hamilton a week later after he went 2-for-13 at the plate in four games with Triple-A Colorado Springs. Hamilton, then 36 years old, retired shortly thereafter.
Denver baseball fans were familiar with Hamilton even before he played for the Rockies. Hamilton played for the Denver Zephyrs -- at the time, the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers -- in 1988 and 1989. He was an electrifying player for the Zephyrs in those years, stealing 43 bases while hitting an even .300 in 201 games.
Hamilton worked as an analyst on MLB Network from 2013 until the time of his death. The network, as well as the Rockies, tweeted about his passing on Monday morning:
We mourn the passing of our friend and colleague, Darryl Hamilton. pic.twitter.com/GXcTDgkhi9— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) June 22, 2015
The Colorado Rockies are saddened by the passing of Darryl Hamilton. Darryl played for the Rockies from 1998-1999. pic.twitter.com/Lgf18ehdJc— #VoteRox (@Rockies) June 22, 2015