Tag:Greg Halman
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: November 21, 2011 8:16 am
Edited on: November 21, 2011 12:09 pm

Mariners outfielder Greg Halman stabbed to death

By Matt Snyder

Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman has been stabbed to death. According to the Associated Press, Halman was bleeding from a stab wound early Monday morning when Dutch police were called to his home in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and the officers were unable to resuscitate him. Halman's 22-year-old brother has been arrested as a suspect. No further details are available at this time.

MLB Players Association executive director Michael Weiner has released the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Greg Halman.  Greg was passionate about the game of baseball and generously gave of himself to share his passion with others in an attempt to help grow the sport’s popularity across Europe.  He will be sorely missed.  Having played for the Netherlands in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and having participated in the recent 2011 European Big League Tour, Greg’s lasting legacy is sure to be the trail he helped blaze for European youth to follow in his footsteps. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Greg’s family, his teammates, the Mariners organization and his many friends and fans throughout Europe and America.”

MLB commissioner Bud Selig issued the following statement:

“Today Major League Baseball mourns the passing of Greg Halman, a member of the Seattle Mariners organization since 2004. Greg reached the Major Leagues in each of the last two seasons, hitting his first career home run on June 15th of this year. Greg proudly represented the Netherlands in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and he was a participant in MLB International’s grassroots clinics in Europe, as recently as earlier this month."

“The loss of a talented 24-year-old young man like Greg, amid such tragic circumstances, is painful for all of us throughout the game. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to the entire Mariners organization and to all those whose lives were touched by Greg.”

Halman hit .230 with two homers and a .600 OPS in 35 games for the Mariners last season. He was just 24 years old.

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:30 pm

Mariners dump Jack Cust, Greg Halman

By Evan Brunell

PenaThe Mariners have an open roster spot after culling two hitters from the team in Greg Halman and Jack Cust.

Cust, the longtime A's DH who has fallen on hard times and inked a deal to join Seattle in the offseason, but hit just .213/.344/.329 in 270 plate appearances with just three home runs, 30 less than what he hammered in 2008. Halman, meanwhile, came up from the minor leagues after healing a left wrist fracture and producing in the short time he was in Triple-A. The 23-year-old floundered at the bigs, however. Halman was sent down as he had lost much of his playing time to Casper Wells, who was acquired at the trade deadline in the Doug Fister trade with Detroit.

As for who will step into the DH spot, there are conflicting reports. Greg Johns of MLB.com is convinced it's Wily Mo Pena, while Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune is betting on Trayvon Robinson, also acquired at the trade deadline, but this time from the Dodgers in what was a baffling deal.

Robinson's power is certainly ready for a promotion, as he's slammed 26 homers down on the farm, posting an overall .289/.374/.552 mark in 428 plate appearances, with 12 of those in the Seattle organization. The knock on his game is making contact, as he also strikes out at a high rate, with 126 whiffs. If Robinson can maintain a .250 batting average or higher, he should turn out to be a great hitter. Any lower will sap his value, and he could end up having a tough go of it int he early going of his career like Chris Davis.

Pena (pictured), meanwhile, has power in spades but like Robinson, strikes out far too much. He can launch a fastball into the stratosphere, but continues to struggle with breaking balls and plate discipline. Arizona brought him to the majors for interleague play to function as the DH, being called up for the minors in his return to the bigs, last appearing back in 2008 with the Nationals. His power was on display with five home runs in 46 plate appearances, but hit .196 with 19 strikeouts. Pena would certainly inject power into the middle of Seattle's lineup, but he continues to look like the overmatched youngster of his earlier days.

The Mariners are expected to announce the replacement in advance of Friday's game.

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