December 3, 1964 |
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|June 3, 1988 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
Last MLB appearance
|June 28, 2001 for the New York Mets|
|Runs batted in||454|
Darryl Quinn Hamilton (born December 3, 1964) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1988, 1990–95), Texas Rangers (1996), San Francisco Giants (1997–98), Colorado Rockies (1998–99) and New York Mets (1999–2001). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Hamilton prepped at Louisiana State University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge and then attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Hamilton was a notorious groundball hitter, rarely struck out, drew a significant number of walks, and was a fast runner. He hit .300-plus in four seasons with a career high .315 in 1999. With the departure of Paul Molitor via free agency, Hamilton found himself carrying more of the Brewers' offensive burden in 1993. Though an injured thumb and a bruised shoulder put him on the disabled list in May and July, Hamilton led his team in batting average (.310), hits (161), singles (130) and stolen bases (21).
Hamilton also was an exceptional fielder who had great range at three outfield positions, excelling in center field. He holds the American League records for consecutive errorless chances (541) and errorless games (229).
After seven productive seasons with the Brewers, Hamilton provided six years of solid service for the Rangers, Giants, Rockies and Mets. He retired at the end of the 2001 season.
Over his 13-year career, Hamilton batted .291, with 51 home runs and 454 RBI in 1328 games. As an outfielder, he collected 2711 putouts and 46 assists, committing only 14 errors in 2771 total chances, for a .995 fielding percentage.
- On June 12, 1997, Hamilton got the first hit in the first-ever regular-season interleague game, when the visiting San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers 4-3.
- Left MLB Radio (MLB Advanced Media) at the conclusion of the 2006 baseball post-season to pursue a career in the Major League Baseball Commissioner's Office of On-Field Operations, reporting to Vice President Bob Watson.
- In 2012 Hamilton was named as a color analyst for a limited series of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim games to be broadcast nationally by Compass Media Networks radio.
- In 2013 Hamilton joined MLB Network as an analyst for the World Baseball Classic.
- In 2014 Hamilton serves as a part-time color analyst on Brewers radio broadcasts, rotating with Craig Counsell and Jerry Augustine to call games with Joe Block when primary announcer Bob Uecker is absent.
- "Carrino, Quis to call Angels baseball". staatalent.com. 2012-05-15.
- Wolfley, Bob (March 3, 2014). "Craig Counsell and Darryl Hamilton will call Brewers radio games Uecker elects to miss". jsonline.com.
- The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia – Gary Gillette, Peter Gammons, Pete Palmer. Publisher: Sterling Publishing, 2005. Format: Paperback, 1824pp. Language: English. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference