Monday, November 21, 2011

RIP Greg Halman

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From MLB.com:

Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death in Rotterdam, Netherlands, early Monday morning, and his younger brother reportedly was arrested as a suspect by Dutch police, MLB.com reports.

Halman, 24, played 35 games as a rookie with the Mariners last season before returning home to the Netherlands to prepare for a shot at earning a full-time job in Seattle's outfield.

Full story from MLB.com's Greg Johns and T.R. Sullivan:

 

And from The Seattle Times:

Mariners outfielder Greg Halman spent the final weeks of his life giving back to young baseball players in The Netherlands, where he grew up. Halman spent the first half of this month on an MLB European Tour of the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Italy, helping run baseball clinics and speaking about big league life on a continent where baseball is really just starting to hit the bigger world stage.

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Rick Vandenhurk, a native of the Dutch city of Eindhoven, has known Halman since he was 7 years old and accompanied him on the tour. They spent day and night together, participating in the clinics during the day, then heading out to restaurants and nightspots.

Full story from Seattle Times' Geoff Baker:
Greg Halman was becoming "an icon" to baseball lovers in his homeland in weeks before his death

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