Greg Halman – Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death in the Nethlerlands today. The Associated Press reports his 22-year-old brother has been arrested as a suspect.
Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels says police were called to a home in the Dutch port city early Monday morning and found Greg Halman bleeding from a stab wound.
Halman, 24, played 35 games for the Mariners batting .230 with two home runs and six RBI and was the only Netherlands-born player in the majors. He hit 33 homers in 2010 in Class AAA Tacoma.
“All my friends and family are so proud,” Halman said in a June interview with USA TODAY after his call-up to the Mariners.
The power-hitting prospect was the first Dutch player born, raised and developed completely in his homeland. Other players with Dutch passports have come to the majors through programs in the Netherlands Antilles or moved to the USA as youngsters.
Halman helped his country win a European championship and was MVP and playing in his country’s top league as a teenager.
“Greg generously gave of himself in an attempt to help grow the sport’s popularity across Europe,” said Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association. “Greg’s lasting legacy is sure to be the trail he helped blaze for European youth to follow his footsteps.”