Earlier this morning the Seattle Mariners, Major League Baseball and the family and friends of Greg Halman learned that the outfield prospect had been stabbed to death overnight in the Netherlands.
Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels said police were called to a home in the port city in the early hours of the morning and found the 24-year-old Dutch player bleeding from a stab wound. Halman’s brother was arrested as a suspect, Dutch police said.
Halman (.230/.256/.345) played in 35 games and made starts at all three outfield positions for Seattle in 2011 before being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln, president Chuck Armstrong and general manager Jack Zduriencik paid tribute to Halman on behalf of the club.
“Greg was a part of our organization since he was 16 and we saw him grow into a passionate young man and talented baseball player,” they said in a statement. “He had an infectious smile that would greet you in the clubhouse, and he was a tremendous teammate. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Greg’s family.” Mike Nicotera, Halman’s agent, added in a statement: “This hurts.”
“The loss of a talented 24-year-old young man like Greg, amid such tragic circumstances, is painful for all of us throughout the game,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to the entire Mariners organization and to all those whose lives were touched by Greg.”
Halman was in Europe this month as part of the European Big League Tour, an initiative organized by Baltimore Orioles pitcher, and fellow Dutchman, Rick VandenHurk in which major leaguers gave clinics to children.