Remembering Greg Halman

Greg HalmanThe Seattle Mariners family and Major League Baseball are mourning the death of Greg Halman at age 24. He played 35 games as a rookie last season before returning home to the Netherlands to prepare for a shot at earning a full-time outfield job. Greg was well-liked by those who knew him and we all share in the grief over this sudden loss.

“The Mariners family is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Greg Halman,” chairman Howard Lincoln, president Chuck Armstrong and GM Jack Zduriencik said on behalf of the club. “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.”

“We are deeply shocked,” former MLB outfielder Robert Eenhorn, technical director for the Dutch baseball association, told The AP. “All our thoughts are with his family and how they are going to have to deal with this tremendous loss.”

The Mariners invite fans to share your own condolences and memories in the comments below.

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Nooit gekend maar diep geroerd… Rust in vrede…

Never knew you, but I’m deeply touched… Rest in peace…

Greg,
You were a great man. A great baseball player has been lost too early. My prayers are with you and your beloved family. A true star is up in the sky and will be watching over us. You will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace. Hearing the passing of you was devastating. It hit everyone with great shock and sadness. Watching you grow was quiet incredible. An amazing guy on and off the field. An All-Star in my book.
R.I.P Greg Halman<3
~Leah Ann~

We traveled to Seattle several times to watch the Mariners. When Halman got sent up to Seattle we looked forward to seeing him play each time. He seemed to be such a fun-spirited kid. And, that smile…! Woke up the other day to learn of his loss. Still in shock. Such a sad and tragic event.

Halman was an inextinguishable smile…. (Steve Kelley, Seattle Times)

Really sad to hear this devastating news over here in the Netherlands. As a soccerfan I love to watch baseball, never actually saw Halman in action but it truly touched me. Saw a couple games of the Mariners and last year one of the Aquasox, what a pity we can’t see him shine at Safeco anymore…..

Rust zacht Greg…

Dear Greg,

It was a privilege to see you play for the Dutch national team a couple of times. At that time I only knew you as an extremely talented player on the diamond.

Less than three weeks ago I got the chance to get to know you in person at the European Big League Tour in Utrecht. I hosted the Question&Answer. It was unforgettable. You were sitting there with that infectious smile enjoying every second. These kids asked great questions and you responded in style.

You taught those kids probably the wisest lesson in baseball and life, when they asked you how much you earn in MLB. You don’t play baseball for the huge amounds of money but for love of the game, you commented. And that’s exactly what you did. You lived your dream taking nothing for granted. And made us proud.

I’m sure some of these kids will make it to the Big Leagues, because the way you inspired them that day in Utrecht.

The entire Dutch baseball family will miss you deeply.

I wish all the strength to your family, friends and the Mariners organization.

Watched the Mariners play the White Sox at the Cell just this summer on a Monday nite. They had Ichiro play DH due to a late Sunday game and travel .Saw Greg play that nite in the outfield .He played great with some outstanding catches in the outfield . He reminded me of Matt Kemp of the L/A Dodgers to how athletic he was playing . He was very fast and with a great arm . Only time would make him a star in MLB . My heart goes out to the Halman family and the Mariners !

My dear Greg Halman who loved playing baseball and find his way for the MLB, that was your dream and it did come true. I will honor you for always and pass it true 2 my kids.We will miss u very much, you have a place in my heart for always.
R.I.P bro

My Condolences to your family.

Greg,
I remember the day you got called up this year and I remember seeing your name in the lineup against the rays. I watched the entire game, and as a passionate die hard mariners fan, it was a game that got me very very excited for your future as a Seattle Mariner. You were a joy to watch. I went to one of your starts against the rangers this year and was fortunate enough to sit right behind the dugout. The ms had a rough day but you had a nice two hit game. After the game as you walked down into the dugout I waved and congratulated you and looked at me waved back and talked to me for a brief moment. I’ll never forget that interaction. The Mariners are not only losing an amazing talent, but an amazing and kind person as well. RIP Greg. You will be deeply missed.

Greg nos no ta lubidabu, bo lus ta keda bria riba nos. Bo tabata un bon beisbolista.
Greg we ”ll never forget you , you ”ll allways be with us.

Condolences to the familie ( friends) and the Team of The Seattle Mariners
R.I.P Greg we zullen je missen( we ”ll miss you)

A sad day, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. A pioneer for Dutch baseball has been taken away to early

It’s a great shock to our small country baseball here in the Netherlands. And for his teammates and the entire staff of the Seattle Mariners, my thoughts are with the family and the teammates of Greg

Hey Big guy,

We will mis you as a true baseball hero for your country.
to bad we can’t see you shine on the field and grow like a MLB all-star!

Rest In Peace man and we’ll see you on the field of dreams!

Magnum,

Haarlem the Netherlands

Greg was more than an up and coming player. He was a fan favorite always taking time for kids and his fans. He will truly be missed. R.I.P.

R.I.P. Greg.
Het nederlandse honkbal verliest met jou een van haar iconen. Ik wens de familie Halman & vrienden veel kracht bij het dragen van dit enorm zware verlies.
Leen van den Heuvel

#26 a great loss to all!!
Greg I will always remember our homerun derby games from our youth
The European Championchip in Italy 1997
We will all miss you!!!
Rest In Peace

As a true Dutch baseball fan I was so proud on Greg, playing in the majors. The dream of many people, but he made it come true. I badly never have seen him playing, but I know his plays. He will be missed in baseballworld

A real star is gone

I hope you can rest in peace, Greg!

In en in triest is het als een belofte op iets groots zo tot een einde moet komen.
Wij wensen alle die hij als zijn naaste beschouwde sterkte, steun, wijsheid en troost.

Deeply shocking and saddening when a promise to something big is so cruedly interupted. We wish all those who are near to hem strength support wisdom and
comfort.

May he play on some on the field of dreams.
P.van Lierop.
Netherlands

Diep triest.

Rust zacht.

It’s a pitty. why does trouble has to end like this?
two brothers. what a lost for the parents.
In spite of your sudden dead I hope your soul will find peace.

This is unreal. Greg Halman was on the verge of breaking out, not just as a player but also as a fan favorite. The stuff he did made us happy watching baseball.

RIP Greg Halman, a great sportsman…………….
Wanneer tranen lopen
En er toch een glimlach schijnt
Dan kun je zeker wezen
Dat jouw herinnering nooit verdwijnt

I briefly coached Greg during practices for the talented players in North Holland, the Netherlands, about ten years ago. He was always asking questions, wanting to learn and always had fun playing baseball.
During the first two versions of the European Big League Tour he was one of the Major Leaguers giving clinics to European youth. Now he was coaching youth, and doing a great job. He had an infectious smile, a friendly demeanor, was accessible, which made him very popular with the kids.
This was a sad day for the whole family, the Dutch baseball nation and the Mariners organization. Greg, rest in peace.

My condolences are going to his family, friends, the mariners and everybody who knew him.

Love from The Netherlands

Greg, Rust in vrede broeder!

This is a very sad day for baseball fans as we hear this shocking news. God bless Greg Halman.
Suzanne, the netherlands

So young so tragic. Condolences to Greg’s family and friends. We in the Mariner family will never forget you. Rest in peace good friend.

I remember I was sitting back behind home plate with my sister. It was our last game at Safeco together before I left for college on the East Coast. He was announced as the starting left fielder and the fans around me were incredibly excited – “I love the way this kid plays. He’s a fighter and loves the game of baseball.” one fan said. His first at bat he came up and battled in a 9 pitch at bat. On the seventh pitch, he fouled it straight back, over the net, and right at my sister’s face. I instinctually grabbed my glove and caught the ball, hitting my sister in the face, my first live foul ball catch.
The catch was just a memory, but what I took away from that memory was that Greg Halman was a battler. He had great potential and his attitude and demeanor as a battler was how he could unlock that potential.
My prayers and condolences go out Halman’s family, friends, and all those touched by his wonderful talent and infectious attitude.

Seems petty to remember him as a baseball player, but that is all I will ever know of Greg.
We have been robbed of a great person and ballplayer. I watched Greg play in Tacoma and Seattle. The greatest compliment that I can give is that if I had been blessed with the skill set and talent he had in baseball, I would have played the game exactly as he did. Greg played hard and with the passion of a little leaguer. Greg was born to play baseball. I will miss watching him and following his progress in the minors, he was on the cusp of being a really good major leaguer. What a terrible waste and tragedy. See you on the other side Greg, hopefully we can toss the ball around a bit when I get there.

All the comfort in the world to his friends and family and those of us that admired this talented young man from the stands. Greg, you will be missed. Our “Flying Dutchmen”.

The tragic news of Greg Halman’s death is sad news . My thoughts and prayers are with Greg’s family and friends, the Mariners organization .

What a sad sad day for the Mariners, Mariner fans and the Halman family!
Greg seemed like such a fine young man and full of life. Prayers go out to the Halman family and our wonderful MARINER family. RIP Greg…..we will ALWAYS remember you!

I met Greg this summer right before he was called up to play for the Mariners. I didn’t really know who he was, but when he said he was an outfielder…we got to talking. I told him my teenage son was a centerfielder and then Greg started asking a lot of questions about my son’s season etc. I could tell he was very passionate about baseball and down to earth. A real genuine person. I will never forget that day and he will be sadly missed by all baseball fans. Rest in peace Greg. My condolences to the Halman family.

I had the opportunity to meet Greg right before he was called up to play with the Mariners this summer. I didn’t know who he was, but when he told me he was an outfielder, I shared with him that my son was an outfielder as well. Greg started asking me all sorts of questions about my son and was truly passionate about baseball! I only shared a few minutes with this man, but he was very down to earth and took the time to talk baseball with me and I will forever remember his kindness. My condolences to the Halman Family.

I’m not a Mariners fan, Yankees actually, BUT I send my condolences to family, team and MLB in general. What a terrible loss of a very young man. Just awful.

Greg, I’m going to miss you very much in Spring Training and at the games. I always looked forward to your awesome smile as you walked out of the parking lot with your friends and never turned us fans away without an autograph. You were always so upbeat and happy and wow, what a swing you had. Now you will be playing with the best from the past and leading the way!!! RIP Greg, gone but never to be forgotten. A Seattle Mariner forever!!!!

This is very sad to hear that we lost Greg at a very young age. Here by give my condolences to the whole Halman Family. R.I.P Greg Halman You Will Be Missed!

I remember being so excited having another newbie to the bigs come up…and I remember talking to my father about Greg….. saying watch…greg can really swing the bat hard…sure enough the first time he stepped up to the plate at safeco…..MY OH MY HOMERUN BALL GREG HALMAN!

Strangely, or ironically, i think about Greg everytime i run exercise intervals – which is almost everyday. When i’m doing my running sprints, i envision HIM running from homeplate to first plate.. he had real giddy-up! I was struck by his SMOOTH speed & batting grace watching him play with the Rainiers. I don’t know why HE struck me as a future star, but unfortunately the star’s potential will never be fulfilled. Truly a very sad end to a promising career. I wish his family all the peace.

Very sad to hear that Halman was murdered, he had a great future, my condolences to all the Mariners Fan, players and halmans family…
Luis Montes de Oca
Carora,Venezuela

In Grag we loose à special personality. À player who was à big plus during our winter prachtidee. Helping out our plagers, and always willigt to put in something extra. We Will also miss him as ambassodor for dutch baseball. Willing to step into youth clinics and tellinpg them, full of passion, what they can achieve if they believe.
It was an honour to work with you.
We will meet again at THE field of dreams.

RIP Big man!

i still don’t beleave it!! rip Greg. you will be misssed!!

De honkbalwereld gaat je missen Greg! Veel sterkte familie Halman!

I had the extreme pleasure of playing with Greg for the 2010 season! He was an extraordinary talent who seemed to fear nothing. He had a zest for life that clearly affected everyone he came in contact with. He was a natural leader who was destined for great things in baseball and beyond! My teammates and I likened him to a superhero and of all the players I have played with in 17 years I would say he most represented somebody who was invincible! My heart sank when I read the news this morning, truly a sad sad day to lose such a good soul. My heart goes out to his family as they lost two sons, so tragic!!!!

Chris, I am very sorry for your loss. I knew him as a fan, not as a friend. It was comforting to see your name here on this tribute. My condolences to you.

Chris, I was so shocked to hear the news today of Greg’s passing. As you I had talked so many times over this past season in Las Vegas, it was always a pleasure to see the great young talent in the Pacific Coast League and Greg certainly was one of those talents. I remember talking to him after one of Tacoma’s visits last year and again this past Spring in Peoria. Like yourself, he was a such a gracious guy who had such an unbelievable love for the game. He will truly be missed by all those who had the chance to meet him, even for just a brief moment, because he left such a lasting impression on all those who had that wonderful opportunity. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his teammates, his former teammates, and the entire Seattle Mariners family.

The Halmen Family

I am sorry Gegs baseball games then were
The are Halmen in the Spring Training does. Sad Marineres game Opening Day

The Hudkins Family

I was at SAFECO Field this June 15, when Greg Halman hit his first major-league home run. I remember thinking at the time how great it was to see a guy hit his first homer. This news is just terrible…

I saw him play in the minors, after the game i went down next to the dugout and asked him if i could have his broken bat and he gladly gave it to me. I followed him in his journey to the majors where he had an incredibly bright future ahead of him.I hope to meet you again someday in heaven, RIP Greg, you will be missed.

Condolences to all his loved ones…….R.I.P. Greg

Greg ………… I’ll miss you. I was so proud as a dutch native when you hit your first basehit in the Majors. Yoy were such an inspiration for the Dutch baseball players. Greg R.I.P.

Peter
Dutch scout for the Mariners

He is the son of my school head. Not even joking. There was a crisis in school this morning and we all felt a bad athmosphere. We firstly didn’t know what exactly happened except that we heard that the son of our school head died of mysterious reasons. We later found out that this happened. I know this sounds really strange, and if I would read my post I wouldn’t believe it either. But it is true, and I wish condoleances to my school head and the family. Many of us have never heard of him, but we already think of him. R.I.P. Gregory. You made your mother proud, I am sure of that.

I young talent died by violence.. Greg, a fellow Duitchman loved to see you growe

Rest in peace,

All respect, gone too sone, my feelings are with youir loved ones that will have to go on without your smile.

A fellow Dutchman

Wat een verschrikkelijke nieuws, RIP Halman. Rust in vrede.

We all thinking about Greg. gr. from the netherlands

I absolutly loved Watching him play at The Safe. Watching him fly around the field it was easy to call him “The Flying Dutchman” But even more than his play was his demeanor and infectious smile…..his generosity and desire to help others and give back. I am glad even for the short time we got to know you and cheer you in Seattle.
The World of baseball has lost a classy rising star and we all will miss you.
;-(
Condolences and comfort to friends and family…..

My condolences to his loved ones, and to all of his supporters.

My sons and I travel to Peoria every year to watch the M’s during Spring Training. We have met Greg on many of those trips. What I will remember most is how awesome he was with the kids. He was always happy to stop and sign autographs and talk to them about baseball. Many have mentioned his smile, and it was as big as they say. You could tell that he loved playing the game and enjoyed being a role model to the kids. I feel terrible for his family and hope that they will be able to work through this in time. RIP, Greg…

I had the chance to meet him in Parma, Italy for the European Big League Tour just 9 days ago. He signed me a baseball card and we chatted a bit about my friend Alex Liddi who spend half of his season with Greg, they shared the house too. We talked even about Ivanon Coffie, an ex dutch mlb player who i played with last year in Grosseto, Italy. He was so kind and nice. I didn’t know him so well, but i can say he was a nice guy. RIP Greg…

Greg lived with me and my husband when he played for the mavericks. We have kept in touch, going to dinner with him at spring training the last few years and recently seeing him when the mariners played in Anaheim in July. He gave me a big hug before the game and said so glad your here. I will never forget his beautiful smile. My heart is very sad today

you will play on the MLB H.O.F game of players in heaven dude you had a great future

R.I.P wasnt your fault ur brother was full of hatred and was jealous of your gift

Greg is a former teammate in the Minor Leagues. I was in a state of shock when I heard the news early this morning. Greg was a great talent and we knew it was going to click soon on the baseball field. As we all know baseball is a true microcosm to life and the game was molding Hallman into something special as time moved on. He had a very infectious smile and exuberant personality and this is truly a very sad day!!!! Thoughts and prays go out to the family as both sons are lost no matter the outcome of the investigation. R.I.P brother R.I.P!!!!!

Greg … I am positive you’ll play CF in Paradise.
Rest in peace.

Mauro Mazzotti

The thought of Halman playing Center with Roberto Clemente in Right and all of the other players lost too soon is comforting indeed. Tragic loss of one of the great young ambassadors of the sport, who did something that nobody from his country had ever done before. As a Mariner fan, it’ll be a tough season to watch, but I know we’ll honor him well. Rest in peace Greg… say hey to Dave for the rest of us.

A very very sad day. Greg is a great baseball player but even a better man.

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