MINNEAPOLIS — Joe McEwing and Robin Ventura mourned the loss of former teammate Darryl Hamilton on Monday.
The White Sox coaches both played alongside the ex-leadoff man and centerfielder, who reportedly was killed in a murder-suicide in his home near Houston, with the New York Mets. Ventura spent two and a half seasons with Hamilton with the Mets, and McEwing played with him for two years. McEwing heard about the death of Hamilton, 50, early Monday and informed Ventura.
“I’m still sick to my stomach about it,” Ventura said. “He’s a great person, loved playing with him. I’m sad. You can’t really put into words how you feel because he’s such a great guy. It’s tough. Great, a true pro, you always wanted to be around him.”
It wasn’t just that Hamilton, who recently worked as an analyst for MLB Network, was a good player, McEwing said. He was one of the most popular players in the clubhouse for his attitude.
“Enjoyed the game, enjoyed life every single day,” McEwing said. “He had an infectious personality, always smiling. I can hear his life now. It’s just sad it was taken away at such an early age. He had so much to give to everybody, not just in the game, but life.
“Great teammate, good friend and somebody I learned a lot from.”
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White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.
Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.
Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.
It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.
Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.
Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.
Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.