Darryl Hamilton hit at the top of the order, and played all across the outfield for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1988-1995. He was a huge fan favorite, an affable and humble man. His career batting line of .291/.360/.385 made him valuable for his OBP, but a liability for his lack of power. He wasn’t a true centerfielder, although he was often pressed into playing CF because the Brewers needed him to. It’s also worth mentioning that in the PED-era, no one ever wondered if Darryl Hamilton was juicing, because he obviously wasn’t.
As a fan, I liked Darryl Hamilton because he always seemed happy: playing, practicing, warming up, batting practice, during the game, during interviews, etc…. He never ducked the media (he actually welcomed it), as a part of a young Brewers core that could have won a World Series– if they had been managed decently.
Hamilton came up as a prospect in the Brewers organization with 3B Gary Sheffield, and while they looked alike to many of the racist die-hards who still only cheered for CF Robin Yount and DH Paul Molitor, they were completely different in style and character.
Sheffield was brash and outspoken, with unbelievable bat speed and power. By the end of 1991, Brewers management under owner Bud Selig and GM’s Harry Dalton & Sal Bando, had so frustrated the young Sheffield over the course of his first four seasons, that they felt compelled to trade him away.
In return for a 23-year old Hall of Fame slugger (career– 22 seasons, .292/.393/.514); the Brewers received RHP gopher-baller Ricky Bones, quadruple-A outfielder Matt Mieske, and utility infielder Jose Valentin (career 16 seasons, .243/.301/.373) from the San Diego Padres.
Darryl Hamilton stayed behind and was quiet, steady and effective; at the plate and in the outfield. The Brewers of that era had a crowded outfield situation, complicated by the insistence of management that Robin Yount (in decline) be given priority, over younger talent including Hamilton, LF Greg Vaughn, OF/DH Dante Bichette, and C/3B B.J.Surhoff– who needed to be moved to the outfield.
Yount was approaching the 3000-hit milestone, always a bonanza for ownership, and was given disproportionate playing time (which hurt the team’s chances to win) in order to reach that goal. Yount’s line in 1992: 629 PA; .264/325/390. Only SS Pat Listash (.290/352/.349), and DH Paul Molitor (.320/.389/.461- still their best player) had more PAs.
Of course the biggest reason these Brewers failed was their starting pitching. Their ace had been LHP Teddy Higuera, who as a rookie in 1985, through 1988 was as good as any pitcher in baseball. By 1989, his rotator cuff/ labrum became completely torn from the heavy workload, and he was never the same afterwards. Higuera’s last MLB season was in 1994 (1-5, ERA 7.06); after that Señor Smoke pitched in the Mexican leagues for several years.
The Brewers never had a dominant strikeout pitcher after losing Higuera, as their rotation consisted of an endless line of mediocrities including: Jaime Navarro, Bill Wegman, Chris Bosio, Juan Nieves, and Cal Eldred. The Brewers had nothing resembling an ace, or even a solid #2 starter, until Ben Sheets debuted in 2001.
All this conspired to diminish Darryl Hamilton’s true value in Milwaukee, as the Brewers could never score enough runs to keep up with their poor starting pitching. Most of Hamilton’s best years were with the Brewers, and yet he only made the post-season after becoming a free agent.
Darryl Hamilton never seemed to have trouble getting a major league contract from winning teams during his free-agent years, making the post-season with the Rangers, Giants, and Mets (twice), before retiring after the 2001 season. He played 13 MLB seasons in total.
Many Brewers (and baseball) fans, and are now saddened by the news of his tragic & untimely death.
Hamilton was found shot dead at a suburban Houston home, suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Monica Jordan, the mother of their 14-month child, was found dead in another room– apparently a suicide. Their child was left alive.
The woman reporting for ESPN in this video (Antonietta Collins) is unable to state those facts. She states this instead:
“MLB is mourning the death of Darryl Hamilton, who was fatally shot. His girlfriend was also found dead, and according to police of an apparent self-inflicted gun wound.”
Feminism & post-modernism share the common bond being completely irrational and unhelpful forms of ‘thinking.’ Post-modernism is the male intellectual version of nonsense as ideology; feminism is that form of poison for women.
Both ignore hard and ugly truths. Darryl Hamilton’s tragic death is a high-profile celebrity murder, for which feminism has no answers, precisely because their stock answer is to hysterically blame men for all violence.
The answers to these bizarre & horrible crimes, which are now the new normal, is for mankind to use science in all fields; in order to shout down and overwhelm these destructive ideologies & stereotypes, which have been forced upon all of us since birth.
Obviously society now has a problem with women’s violence towards men. Why don’t feminists discuss this using a scientific approach? To not do so, betrays a lack of honesty in intention.
Feminists will throw up smokescreens and run for cover on this until it blows over, as they are organically incapable of any progressive solutions, being tied to the dead-ends of liberalism and the Democratic party. Most of these ‘thinkers’ can’t even allow themselves to acknowledge that a problem exists.
If this tragedy had been reversed, with Darryl Hamilton killing Monica Jordan– then taking himself; the child would likely be dead too, and the tone from the feminist talk-show hostesses would be sensationalized outrage. He would be vilified & disgraced, as a heartless coward.
When it is, what it is– it gets marginalized.