Tragedy in Netherlands

Seattle prospect Greg Halman was stabbed to death in the Netherlands.  He had just finished a tour of Europe with a number of major leaguers including Prince Fielder meeting with kids to promote the game of baseball.  After Netherlands gold medal winning performance in Panama the tour was well received by kids in Italy, Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

His 22 year old brother has been arrested for the stabbing.  The stabbing occurred at a home in the port city of Rotterdam early Monday morning.  The police and paramedics were unable to revive him.  Details on the stabbing are being held until a thorough investigation can be completed.

Greg Halman had made his major league debut last year playing outfield for the Seattle Mariners.  He was only 24 years old with a full life ahead of him.  Baseball America had rated him as the Seattle Mariners top minor league prospect in 2009.

At 16 years old he had played for the Dutch team the Corendon Kinheim.  His father and younger brother also played for the Dutch national team.  His sister plays college basketball in the United States.  The Mariners signed him in the summer of 2004 after his Dutch debut.  You can see his minor league numbers here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=halman001gre

Sometimes it is tough to figure out why these events happen, especially after the Netherlands had so much to celebrate after their gold medal winning performance in October.  Now the Netherlands and the baseball community will have to mourn the passing of a player who had so much passion for the game.  Rest in peace Greg Halman.

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