Darryl Hamilton To Call Milwaukee Brewers Games
If you know Darryl Hamilton, you know what true dedication to and passion for the game of baseball is. The thirteen-year Major League Baseball veteran and IF client, who works as an analyst across MLB Network’s programming, has re-joined the Milwaukee Brewers. This time, however, he’ll be watching the games from the radio booth, not the dugout. Hamilton, who played seven productive seasons with the team, will be filling in for radio voice Hall of Famer Bob Uecker, who is cutting back his travel for road games.
“It’s great to be back with the Brewers, I’m loving it and I’m glad I’m doing it. I wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity if Uecker didn’t sign off on it, so it makes me feel good that he feels comfortable enough to have me go in there after him. Everybody has been very positive about it”.
The outfielder, who retired in 2001, was officially recognized by the Brewers when their Wall of Honor was unveiled on the north side of Miller Park on Friday, June 13. The team wanted a way to honor players who have positively impacted the franchise, and celebrated the occasion with a private ceremony emceed by Uecker. Of the 802 players who have donned the team’s uniform, only 58 met the necessary criteria for induction. Hamilton was best known for his exceptional defense, posting a .995 fielding percentage throughout his professional career, and currently holds the American League records for consecutive errorless chances and games, 541 and 229 respectively.
“It was so great going back there and seeing a lot of former teammates. It was incredible taking a photo of the plaque up there with my kids, and that’s the part that I got out of it. They never got a chance to see me play, especially with the Brewers, so it’s all new for them. I think they actually started listening to me the last couple of days when I talked to them about baseball so I think that’s a plus in itself”.
Hamilton, who also had playing stints with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and New York Mets, has some prior experience in broadcasting. He worked as an analyst on Compass Media Network’s radio broadcasts for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as well as NBC Sports Network’s “SportsTalk” and KPRC (NBC) Houston. He also spent three years at MLB.com and worked in the On-Field Operations department for the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. His newest gig has a pretty different feel too it, though.
“When I did radio back for the Angels, it was not the team radio network, it was Compass Media, so we were trying to inform the listeners of everything that was going on. When you’re with a team, and it’s the team’s broadcast, you have to step back a little bit and let the sounds of the ballpark play an important role on it because that’s what fans like hearing. As strange as this may sound, this is the first time I’ve had to learn to shut up and let things happen and not be so analytical with everything”.
Hamilton will be working alongside Joe Block for the Brewer’s four games in Atlanta and three-game series in Miami. He has other select road games scheduled as well, and feels blessed to be taking on this new challenge.
“I’m learning on the job, doing radio again, but it’s something that I love and have a blast doing. I’m so thankful that I worked with Block at spring training, so I was able to get a feel for what he’s like and what he wants to do. We talked off air, he gave some suggestions here and there, and he’s been very responsive as far as making sure I’m on page with him. When you can do that it makes your job a lot easier. You know, after thirteen years in the big leagues, you have to find a team that you feel comfortable with. Being included in the Wall of Honor and now back doing radio with them, there’s no doubt that for me, that team is the Brewers”.