Mariners outfielder Greg Halman killed in Netherlands


Mariners outfielder Greg Halman killed in NetherlandsHere’s the worst kind of baseball news imaginable: Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman(notes) was stabbed to death in his native Netherlands on Monday morning.

Though details are still sparse, it’s being reported that Halman’s younger brother Jason has been arrested and is being questioned by police in Rotterdam. Greg Halman had reportedly been playing baseball and conducting clinics in the Netherlands over the offseason.

From the Associated Press:

Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels says police were called to a home in the Dutch port city early Monday morning and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound. The officers attempted unsuccessfully to resuscitate the 24-year-old.

Wessels says the officers arrested Halman’s 22-year-old brother. She declined to give his name, in line with Dutch privacy rules. She said the brother was being questioned by police.

Halman was far from a household name here in the United States, but he had as interesting a career path as anyone. Signed by the Mariners in 2004 when he was just 17, Halman spent several years in team’s minor league organization before finally getting his chance. He was called up in Sept. 2010, playing in nine games near the end of the season. He also played in 35 games for the M’s in 2011, hitting .230/.256/.345 with two homers and six RBI after being called up in early June.

Halman was also a member of the Dutch national team that won the 2007 European championship and appeared with the honkballers in the 2009 World Baseball Championship. His father Eddy was a member of the Dutch national baseball team, as was Jason, the brother being held for questioning in his murder.

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