Gregory Halman, 24-year old Seattle Mariners outfielder was found stabbed to death on Monday in Holland, with his brother as the prime suspect.
The authorities were called to Netherlands native Halman’s Dutch home early on Monday, where they found him bleeding from stab wounds. They were unable to resuscitate him, instead arresting his brother Jason on the scene.
A spokesperson for the Rotterdam police released a statement about the incident that took place on Monday morning.
“A 24-year-old died this morning in a stabbing and we have arrested the 22-year-old brother of the victim,” the spokesman said.
The outfielder got his start in 2003 at the age of 16 when he played for the Dutch Major League team Corendon Kinheim. The following year, he was signed to the Seattle Mariners and moved to the U.S. after graduating from high school.
Last season, he played in 35 games for the Mariners with a batting average of .230, scoring seven runs. In an interview with Tacoma Weekly last year, he spoke about having yet to reach his potential.
“I want to hit good, run the bases good, be the best at stealing bases, and also be the best teammate,” Halman said. “I don’t want to see myself as a power hitter, but I do hit the ball out of the park. I want to become the best player I can be, not known just to hit the ball out of park.”
The Dutch player also spoke to the publication last year about how tough it was to leave his family to follow his dreams.
“It was hard coming from a big family with love around you,” he said. “But playing baseball was always my goal, so when I was feeling homesick I would tell myself this is what I always wanted to do. It was tough but I loved it.”
Halman was named the “best power hitter” tag and “best athlete” for the Mariners in 2009. Details are still developing concerning his death.