Tuesday, July 9, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #45 DARRYL HAMILTON


WHO ELSE MISSES THE OLD BREWERS' LOGO?




THOSE 41 STEALS WERE A CAREER-HIGH.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Darryl Hamilton was a great-field, good-hit major-leaguer who played 13 years with five organizations. Although he never won Gold Glove, Hamilton set an AL record for consecutive error-less chances with 541 and went 229 games in a row without a miscue. He finished his career with a fielding percentage of .995. Offensively, he was hardly a slouch, hitting .291 and averaging six homers, 55 RBI and 20 steals a season.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Hamilton had a three-hit day for the Mets in Game 6 of the 1999 NLCS on Oct. 19. After the Braves took a 5-0 lead after the first inning, Hamilton helped bring the Mets back in the top of the sixth by singling in two runs off Kevin Millwood. That cut the defecit to 5-3. The Mets eventually tied the game before losing 10-9 in 11 innings.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '93, Hamilton hit .310 with 21 steals and 161 hits. He led the Brewers in all three categories. Added nine homers and 48 RBI.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. With the Giants on June 12, 1997, Hamilton got the first hit in interleague play when he singled off the Rangers' Darren Oliver to open the historic game.
  2. Hit .300 in seven seasons and stole 10 or more bases in eight.
  3. Hamilton was one of the veterans the Brewers were counting on to take up the slack after #70 Paul Molitor signed with the Blue Jays for the '93 season.
  4. As a Met, he became one of, oh, about 200 players to have a falling out with Manager Bobby Valentine. The '01 argument over playing time resulted in Hamilton being cut, and he never played again.
  5. Since February, Hamilton has been an analyst for MLB Network.

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