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11/21/2011 12:15 PM EST

Major League Baseball Mourns the Passing of Greg Halman

Commissioner's Statement

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the death of Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman at the age of 24:

“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 firstcareer 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.”

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