Jeff Hamilton
Third baseman
Born: (1964-03-19) March 19, 1964 (age 57)
Flint, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 28, 1986, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1991, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average.234
Home runs24
Runs batted in124
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jeffrey Robert Hamilton (born March 19, 1964) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman.

Selected in the 29th round of the June 1982 MLB Amateur Draft, Hamilton eventually saw success as a member of the Pacific Coast League Albuquerque Dukes, batting over .320 over the course of two seasons before being called up to make his Major League Baseball debut on June 28, 1986. He was called up several times thereafter before becoming the Dodgers' full-time Third Baseman at the start of the 1989 season.

After a successful 1989 campaign, Hamilton began 1990 as the Dodgers starting third basemen. But after playing with a sore shoulder in spring training, Hamilton was shelved in early April after it was discovered he had torn his rotator cuff - which eventually required season-ending surgery. Hamilton ended up only playing in 7 games for the entire 1990 season.[1][2][3]

Hamilton played portions of six seasons during his career, all with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hamilton was a member of the Dodgers team that won the World Series in 1988 and appeared with Orel Hershiser and Rick Dempsey on the cover of the October 31st 1988 edition of Sports Illustrated. In 1989, he was sixth in the National League in doubles with 35 and led the NL in putouts by a Third Baseman with 139. He played his final MLB game on September 28, 1991, later retiring after a short return to the Albuquerque Dukes in 1992.

Although he was a position player throughout his entire career, he did appear in a ballgame in 1989 as a relief pitcher during a 22-inning ballgame against the Houston Astros. He was credited as the losing pitcher of that ballgame. He struck out Billy Hatcher and Ken Caminiti before giving up the game-winning hit to Rafael Ramirez. The game, which lasted over 7 hours was the longest in Houston Astros history.

References

  1. ^ "Hamilton undergoes surgery". UPI.
  2. ^ "Third Base Isn't Dodgers' Charm : Baseball: Since Cey was traded before '83 season, 23 players have been tried there". Los Angeles Times. March 2, 1991.
  3. ^ "No Brave Front for Dodgers, 6-2 : Baseball: They fall 7 1/2 back of Reds with 26 games to play as Atlanta homers four times off Morgan". Los Angeles Times. September 6, 1990.