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Outfielder Greg Halman killed in Netherlands

Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman, who played in Tacoma each of the past two seasons, was stabbed to death early Monday in his Netherlands home - and his younger brother, Jason, was arrested for the murder.

Halman was 24, and beyond his athletic abilities was popular with teammates, a smiling player who showed power and grace in working his way through the Mariners farm system.

"I got a call this morning that you never want to get," Tacoma manager Daren Brown said. "It stunned me, it's  just unbelievable. I know he was close to his family, and when the season ended this year Greg talked about wanting to get back home and spend time with them.

"Greg had a lot of of tools physically, a lot of ability, but that big smile in the clubhouse is what you think of with Greg. He had fun playing the game."

Dutch reports said police were called to a home and found Halman bleeding and unconcious, and were unable to revive him.

The Mariners issued a statement, attributing it to team CEO Howard Lincoln, president Chuck Armstrong and general manager Jack Zduriencik: “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.”

Halman had been taking part in a Big-League tour of Europe in recent weeks, which included clinics for youngsters conducted by  Prince Fielder,  Adam Jones and Halman. A strong-armed, speedy oufielder capable of playing center field, Halman was expected to contend for a reserve role on the 2012 Seattle roster.

A part of the Mariners organization since 2004, Halman played with Seattle in 2010 and 2011.

“Greg was always smiling, always enjoying himself,” teammate Dustin Ackley said. “I spent a lot of time with him the past two years and he didn’t take anything for granted. He always had time to talk to you.”