As I first read on Facebook in the middle of the night, and as is now all over the internet, Mariners' outfielder Greg Halman--a multi-talented 2004 international free agent signing out of the Netherlands who had spent parts of the last two seasons in the major leagues with Seattle--had his life taken today. There really isn't much to add to the stories that are out there already, so instead here is a copy of the Mariners' official release on the matter and a link to the story on MiLB.com.
Mariners' Official Press Realease:
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 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."
Minor League Baseball story by Danny Wild:
Mariners' Halman stabbed to death
SeattleClubhouse sends thoughts and prayers to Greg's family as well as his extended baseball family and the entire Seattle Mariners' organization who all suffered a loss with this news.
Rest in Peace, Greg.