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Posted on: February 11, 2012 9:53 pm

Teammate honors Halman with shirts

Greg Halman

By C. Trent Rosecrans

When Mariners pitchers and catchers reported to the Peoria Sports Complex on Saturday morning for physicals, each locker had an orange shirt inside. On the front, was a picture of a Great Dane and on the back had the number 56 and the name Halman, along with a quote from Jackie Robinson:
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
Mike CarpThe shirts were a tribute to Greg Halman, the Seattle outfielder killed this past offseason and made by the Mariners' Mike Carp, Halman's close friend.

"He impacted so many lives, it's incredible," Carp told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times. "I only knew him for a short time compared to a lot of other people. But I'll never forget him. He's one of the most special people on I'll ever meet."

The Mariners are also planning on wearing a No. 56 patch on their uniform to honor Halman.

Carp's tribute was just supposed to be for his teammates, but when word got out on Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the internet on Saturday, fans wanted to know if they could get one. So, Carp and Alex Liddi, are in talks to sell the shirts at Mariners' team stores.

"I'm going to go in [Sunday] and talk to the team about it," Carp told Baker. "But I think it would be neat if we could come up with a way to sell them and use the money to help the family or give it to charity. It would be a great tribute to him."

Here are pictures of the shirt -- orange to honor Halman's Dutch heritage -- from Baker (@gbakermariners on Twitter):

This is just the basics, make sure you read all of Baker's story about how Halman helped Carp.

As soon as we find out how to get your shirt, we'll let you know.

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Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:08 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 9:18 pm

3 up, 3 down for 3/10: Slam edition

By Matt Snyder

Hitting a grand slam is pretty cool. It's really a home run where you happened to come up to bat with the bases jacked, but, then again, batting with a runner on all three bases is a whole different animal than hitting with no one on. How about doing it two days in a row?

3 UP

Alex Liddi, Mariners. Yep, Liddi hit a granny Wednesday and followed suit Thursday. The 22-year-old third baseman has only had 11 at-bats in the spring, so he's hitting a grand slam every 5.5 at-bats. That's a pretty decent pace. Maybe pull a George Costanza and leave 'em wanting more? Just sit the rest of the spring!

Randy Wells, Cubs. Considering the pretty solid job Carlos Silva is doing imploding and the fact that the Cubs are looking to fill two spots, Wells is probably safe. He threw four shutout innings Thursday, running his spring scoreless streak -- well, counting only earned runs -- to nine. He's struck out six and only allowed eight baserunners. Also notable in this game was Andrew Cashner closed the game with four strong innings, allowing just one run (a solo homer). These two look the part as the final two members of the rotation -- but Wells is a much more sure thing.

Mike Moustakas, Royals. One of the Royals' (many) prized prospects was struggling in the spring, coming in with just three hits in 17 at-bats. Thursday, however, he collected a pair of hits in two at-bats, including a game-winning 2-RBI single in the eighth.


Brad Bergesen, Orioles. According to Twitter nation, the first thing Bergesen said to reporters was, "I sucked. Any other questions?" Well, not really. We will pass along the line to those who didn't get a chance to see it: 2 2/3 innings, six hits, three earned runs, two walks. He was slated to work four innings, but couldn't make it. (via Roch Kubatko Twitter )

Tom Gorzelanny, Nationals. It was his first start of the spring, so some rust could be forgiven -- even if getting knocked around the yard by the Astros is what we're forgiving him for. The line: 2 1/3 innings, five hits, three runs (two earned), three walks and a strikeout.

Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers. The strapping closer had a disaster of an outing, getting only one out while allowing three hits, four runs, a walk, a home run and a hit batsman. He took the loss. Of course, it was only one game. In fact, all three of these pitchers here should remember that. Pitchers should always have a short memory, but especially in the spring.

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