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 University High School in Baton Rouge, LSU's Lab School, otherwise known as U-High. 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 seven 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.
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