Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman Stabbed To Death, Teammates React

According to reports from Netherlands, Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death in Rotterdam. His younger brother has been arrested as a suspect in the killing.

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Greg Halman's Death May Have Resulted From Brother's Mental Illness

Geoff Baker, Mariners' blogger for the Seattle Times, published an article Tuesday afternoon that sheds a little more light on what may have happened on the night of November 21st, when Greg Halman was fatally stabbed. An already devastating situation becomes even more tragic as Baker has passed on information that Halman's brother Jason, the only suspect, had been demonstrating signs of psychological problems or mental illness in the days and weeks prior to the killing. 

Per Jason Halman's lawyer, Frits Huizinga, the younger brother of the Mariners' outfielder had began to talk aloud to himself and exhibit very strange behavior starting around November 13th. This alarmed the Halman family, who consulted a doctor. The doctor visited the apartment that Jason and Greg shared on Sunday the 20th, and recommended that Jason visit specialist the next day.

That night, the younger Halman went out until approximately 5am. He returned the apartment without his keys and Greg let him in. Baker relays Huizinga's account of what happened next:

Jason began playing music with the volume turned up loud. Sources close to Halman's family have told me Jason did this in order to block out the voices he'd hear in his head.

Huizinga told me he has not heard that explanation directly from his client, so he could not confirm it. But he did confirm that loud music was played in the apartment and that Greg Halman went back downstairs to see what was going on.

It was soon after that the Mariners outfielder was slashed in the throat, severing his carotid artery.

Jason Halman is being held in the killing, and will be kept under psychiatric evaluation for the next several months. 

Very sad, tragic series of events. Make sure to check out Geoff Baker's excellent ongoing coverage of the situation, including a piece detailing Greg Halman's funeral Tuesday in the Netherlands. 

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Greg Halman Dies: Argument May Have Led To Stabbing

Bits and pieces are trickling in surrounding the circumstances that led to the death of Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman. According to the Associated Press, police say an argument about loud music could be the reason Halman was stabbed to death.

The police are still trying to figure everything out but police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels told the AP that loud music "appears to be the reason the victim walked downstairs."

Halman's brother is still a suspect at this point and time.

Teammates, fellow players and associates of Halman are still in relative shock over the 24-year-old's sudden death. Halman's reputation among his peers and those who knew him was a positive one as his impact was felt both in Europe and in the United States, as a person and a player.

ESPN's Jim Caple wrote a comprehensive piece on Halman using testimonies of different people who knew him, including Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven.

"He was a very nice young man with a lot of potential. It's a shame what happened," said Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, who was the pitching coach when Halman played on the Dutch team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. "He will be missed by many."

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Greg Halman Dies: Cousin Writes To Fans, MLBPA Release Statement

On Lookout Landing under the username langer11, one of Greg Halman's cousins wrote a post geared towards the fans and Mariners organization on behalf of his family:

Dear Seattle Mariners fans:

This morning I received the message that my beloved cousin Greg Halman passed away. I don't know for sure, but I thought this was the right place to let you know. I know Greg and his family loved the Mariners organization and the way they supported him throughout the years. If you want to show you compassion to his family, I will show it to them when the time is right.

Halman, a Mariners outfielder who had been with the organization since he was 17-years-old, was stabbed to death in his native Netherlands early this morning.

There has been outpouring of consoling words and support as word has spread of the 24-year-old's passing. Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, issued the following statement:

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Greg Halman. 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. ... Our thoughts and prayers go out to Greg's family, his teammates, the Mariners organization and his many friends and fans throughout Europe and America."

Please check Lookout Landing and SB Nation Seattle for updates on this tragic story.

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Greg Halman Dies: Commissioner Bud Selig, Mariners Organization Release Statements

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig released a statement on the tragic death of Greg Halman.

"Today Major League Baseball mourns the passing of Greg Halman, a member of the Seattle Mariners organization since 2004. Greg reached the Major Leagues in each of the last two seasons, hitting his first career home run on June 15th of this year. Greg proudly represented the Netherlands in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and he was a participant in MLB International's grassroots clinics in Europe, as recently as earlier this month.

"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. 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."

The Seattle Mariners also released a statement today.

"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 Zduriencik on 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."

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Greg Halman Dies: Teammates React

As news spread on the passing of Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman this morning, the shock and sadness spread throughout those who knew him within the sport through conversations and twitter messages.

Mariners outfielder Casper Wells sent out two tweets, which combined read, ‘Sad news to awake to as I find my friend and teammate Greg Halman has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family...Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names ~ proverb. I won't forget you brother. Rest in peace Greg.'

Mariners pitcher Shawn Kelly tweeted, ‘Lost a great guy today! RIP Greg! I'll miss u.' Kelly also responded to @BrockandSalk with ‘he was a great kid #tragic'.

On the Seattle Times website, Mariners infielder Adam Kennedy is quoted as saying this morning, "A lot of us older guys got to know him real well because he was one of those younger guys who was eager to listen and eager to learn. I don't know whether they're shy about it or what, but he was just one of the guys. He seemed happy all the time and was just a fun guy to be around. This is just devastating news."

Halman spent seven seasons with the organization and appeared in 44 games over the past two seasons for Seattle, batting .207 with two homers and six RBI.

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Greg Halman Stabbed To Death, Brother Of Mariners Player Suspected

According to reports from Netherlands, Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death in Rotterdam. His younger brother has been arrested as a suspect in the killing.

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