Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman Stabbed to Death; Brother Arrested

| by Alex Groberman

Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was found stabbed to death in the Netherlands on Monday. His 22-year-old brother, according to the Associated Press, has been arrested.

A Rotterdam Police spokeswoman confirmed that police were called to his home in a Dutch port city early Monday morning and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound.

"He is under arrest and right now he is being questioned," Patricia Wessels told the Associated Press in a telephone interview, when asked about the brother's role. "It will take some time to figure out what exactly happened."

As of this moment, no charges have been filed.

Halman played 35 games for the Mariners and had the unique status of being the lone Netherlands-born player in Major League Baseball (MLB). In fact, he was the first Dutch player to be entirely developed in his homeland. Halman also helped his country win a European championship and won an MVP award while playing in his country’s top league as a teenager.

The 24-year old batted .230 and had two home runs during his brief stint in the big leagues.

While playing in Class AAA Tacoma, he hit 33 home runs in 2010.

MLB Players Association president Michael Weiner offered a somber statement expressing the union’s sadness about Halman’s death.

"Greg was passionate about the game of baseball and generously gave of himself to share his passion with others in an attempt to help grow the sport's popularity across Europe. He will be sorely missed. Having played for the Netherlands in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and having participated in the recent 2011 European Big League Tour, Greg's lasting legacy is sure to be the trail he helped blaze for European youth to follow in his footsteps."