*Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death early Monday in the Netherlands and his brother, Jason Halman, 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 24-year-old Halman bleeding from a stab wound. The officers and ambulance paramedics were unable to resuscitate.
Wessels said the officers arrested Halman’s 22-year-old brother Jason Halman at the scene.
“A 24-year-old died this morning in a stabbing and we have arrested the 22-year-old brother of the victim,” said Wessels. “From what we have learned so far there was an argument between the two brothers over loud music being played.”
Mike Nicotera, Halman’s agent, said in a statement: “This hurts.”
“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,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “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.”
Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln, president Chuck Armstrong and general manager Jack Zduriencik paid tribute to Halman 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,” they said in a statement. “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 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.
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.