Report: Former Major Leaguer Darryl Hamilton victim of an apparent murder-suicide

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Awful, awful news from Texas, where the Houston Chronicle reports that former major leaguer and current television analyst Darryl Hamilton was killed over the weekend, in an apparent murder-suicide.

His assailant is alleged to be a woman named Monica Jordan, with whom Hamilton had a 14-month old child. The child was unharmed in the incident. Hamilton appears to have been shot multiple times while Jordan appears to be the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Hamilton had a 13-year major league career, breaking in with the Brewers in 1988 and playing for the Mets, Rockies, Giants and Rangers before retiring after the 2001 season. An outfielder who played all three positions, but mostly center, Hamilton hit .291/.360/.385 for his career with 51 homers, 454 RBI and 163 stolen bases. He appeared in the postseason in four different years, including in the 2000 World Series as a member of the New York Mets. In 1997 he notched the first hit in the first-ever regular-season interleague game.

In recent years Hamilton was building his career as a TV and radio analyst, working Brewers and Anaheim Angels games as well as doing studio work for multiple networks including NBCSN and MLB Network.

On a personal note, I’ll mention that in 2012, Hamilton appeared as a studio analyst on NBCSN, during one of my first-ever television appearances. Hamilton was kind, gracious, funny and insightful and, even though he was relatively new to TV himself then, he helped me get oriented in a television studio. He seemed like a great guy in an industry that doesn’t always have great guys.

Sad, sad news.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).