A Seattle Mariners outfielder, Greg Halman, was stabbed to death this morning. He shared an apartment with his brother. A woman was staying at the apartment with Greg.
The police were called early Monday morning by a woman who had been staying at a apartment with Halman. He and his younger brother were living in the apartment together.
According to police, the woman was the person who called the police. She said Halman was stabbed by his younger brother who has been arrested but not charged.
Washintonpost.com reports Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels said, “He is under arrest and right now he is being questioned. It will take some time to figure out what exactly happened.”
When the officers arrived they found Halman bleeding from a stab wound. Officers and paramedics were unable to resuscitate the young man.
The Christian Science Monitor reports Dutch privacy rules do not permit the brother's name to be given.
Since Halman played professionally for the United States he wasn't part of the Netherlands team that won the Baseball World Cup in Panama last month.
James Joyner writer for outsidethebeltway.com said, "Halman had been playing baseball professionally since he was sixteen and played for the Dutch national team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. His father, Eddy Halman, and brother, Jason Halman, also played for the Dutch team. I haven’t been able to determine if he has other brothers, so don’t know whether Jason is the accused killer. His sister, Naomi Halman, is a professional basketball player in Europe, having previously played for UC Irvine."
The latimes.com reports, "Halman hit .230 in 87 at-bats with two home runs and six RBIs for the Mariners last season, according to MLB.com. He was on the Mariners' 40-man roster and regarded as a challenger for a position in left field or as a backup to center fielder Franklin Gutierrez."
Seattle Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln, president Chuck Armstrong and general manager Jack Zduriencik said on behalf of the organization, "The Mariners family is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Greg Halman. 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."