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Originally published November 21, 2011 at 4:36 AM | Page modified November 22, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Mariners outfielder killed in Rotterdam

Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death early Monday and his brother was arrested as a suspect, Dutch police said.

By Geoff Baker and AP wire services

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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands —

Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death early Monday and his brother was arrested as a suspect, Dutch police said.

Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels said police were called to a home in the port city in the early hours of the morning and found the 24-year-old Dutch player bleeding from a stab wound.

The officers and ambulance paramedics were unable to resuscitate Halman.

Wessels said the officers arrested Halman's 22-year-old brother. She declined to give his name, in line with Dutch privacy rules. She said the brother was being questioned by police.

"He is under arrest and right now he is being questioned," Wessels told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "It will take some time to figure out what exactly happened."

No charges have been filed in the case.

Halman signed with the Mariners as a 17-year-old in 2004. The speedy 6-foot-4, 200-pounder spent seven seasons in the organization.

Halman hit .230 in 35 games and made starts at all three outfield positions for the Mariners in 2011 before being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. He was called back from Tacoma in May this year and hit a home run in his first at bat, but was optioned back in August.

"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,'' Mariners infielder Adam Kennedy, now a free agent, said this morning. "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 had taken part this month in a European tour by a group of MLB players, including free agent slugger Prince Fielder. He'd recently returned to the Netherlands, where he was born and lives in the off-season.

Because he played professionally in the United States, Halman was not part of the Netherlands team that won the Baseball World Cup in Panama last month. The Dutch beat Cuba 2-1 in the final to become the first European team to win the title.

Born in the city of Haarlem, Halman played in the Dutch Pro League and was part of the gold-medal winning Dutch squad at the 2007 European Championship.

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