Rotterdam police were called to a home in the early hours Monday and when they got there Halman was bleeding from a stab wound. Both the police officers and the paramedics attempted to resuscitate him, but could not do so.
The police arrested the 24-year old outfielders 22-year old brother, but in going along with Dutch privacy rules they did not give out his name. Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels stated,
“He is under arrest and right now he is being questioned. It will take some time to figure out what exactly happened.”
Halman is a Dutch national that was born in the city of Haarlem. Before playing in the Majors Halman played in the Dutch Pro League and he was on the Dutch national team that won the European Championship in 2007.
Since Halman played pro ball in the United States he was not on Holland’s team when they shocked the baseball world winning the Baseball World Cup last month.
Holland defeated Cuba 2-1 in the final and with the win became the first team from Europe to win the Baseball World Cup.
Halman was a 6’4″ outfielder that hit .230 with 2 HR and 6 RBI in 35 games for the Mariners last season.
He played all 3 outfield positions, but did not finish out the season with the big club being optioned to AAA Tacoma.
He was in line to battle it out for a spot on the Mariners in Spring Training. Halman is only the 5th born-and-raised player from Holland to make the Majors and he was also the 5th true European.
When asked about being a pro baseball player from Holland he stated, “[When”] you’re from the Netherlands & people associate that with soccer and wooden shoes.
But I’m from the Netherlands, and I’ve always played baseball, and this is what I do.
I don’t make excuses for anything. We Europeans know how to play ball.”
His loss is a sad note for the Mariners in this off-season.
The Northwest Perspective:
Messages for Greg and his family have come pouring in from the Great Northwest where the loyal M’s fans thought very highly about this young man.
Some fans & media members had the following things to say:
“I can’t even imagine what Greg’s family must be feeling right now. How do you deal with one son stabbing your other son and taking his life”
“Thoughts and prayers with Greg Halman‘s family. What a tragedy. So sad.”
“I’m absolutely speechless. RIP Greg Halman..”
“Oh man. Just read that GregHalman has been killed in holland. His brother is a suspect in the stabbing. Horrible. Seemed like a great kid.”
“Really tough to swallow this GregHalman news. One of our top players & a good guy.”
“GregHalman was first-class guy, spoke 4 languages, friendly, talented and loved by all who knew him. He will be missed.”
“GregHalman, rest in peace and thank you for your big smile and for always being such a class act on and off the field.”
On Monday the Seattle Mariners organization sent out this Press Release.
Statement from Howard Lincoln, Chuck Armstrong and Jack Zduriencik
SEATTLE, Wash. – The Seattle Mariners Baseball Club issued the following statement today on the sudden and tragic death of outfielder Greg Halman:
“The Mariners family is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Greg Halman,” said Mariners Chairman Howard Lincoln, President Chuck Armstrong and General Manager Jack Zduriencikon behalf of entire Mariners organization. “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.
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.”