Greg Halman recalled to Major League!
SEATTLE, Washington (USA) -
On Wednesday, Greg Halman has been recalled by the Seattle Mariners and will complete the 2010 season on the roster of the Major League-team. Joining Halman to the big league are Tacoma-teammates Anthony Varvaro, Mike Carp and Matt Mangini. The four had to report on Wednesday in Toronto, where the Mariners are playing two games against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday and Thursday. All four were available to play in Wednesday-night's game. From Toronto, the Mariners will travel to Florida for a 3-game series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays to be followed by a 3-game series vs. the Texas Rangers. The Mariners then will head home to finish the season with a 4-game series against the Oakland A's.
The 23-year old Halman closed his Triple-A season with the Tacoma Rainiers last Tuesday with the overall Triple-A National Championship Game in Oklahoma City vs. the Columbus Clippers. In that game, Halman went 2-for-4, but his team lost the game, 12-6.
...Greg Halman in Major League...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
This year, Halman played the entire season at the Triple-A level. In 112 games, the outfielder went 103-for-424 to finish with a .243 batting average. 21 of his 103 basehits were doubles, four were triples and 33 were homeruns. With the last, he led his team and was second-best in the Pacific Coast League. Halman scored 82 runs and had 80 runs batted in, but also struckout 169 times.
Greg Halman was signed on June 26, 2004 and later that year played in the Arizona Instructional League. He made his professional debut in 2005 when he played for the Rookie League-team of the Mariners in the Arizona League. Following the season, he again played in the Arizona Instructional League. In 2006, he promoted to Single-A (Short Season) and played for the Everett Aqua Sox, but also missed part of the season due to a fractured right hand. 2007 was another year of promotion. The righthanded hitter started the season with the Aqua Sox, but then promoted after 62 games to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, which plays in Single-A (Full Season), where he was named to the Northwest League All Star Team.
In 2008, Halman also played for two different teams. He started the season for the High Desert Mavericks in Single-A (Advanced) then finished the season with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in Double-A. In total, he hit 29 homeruns this season and was named Seattle Mariners Minor League Player of the Year. After completion of the season, he played in the Arizona Fall League.
Last year, Halman played three games in the Rookie League-team again, but then played the entire season for the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in Double-A, where he was selected for the Southern League All Star Game. There, he batted .210 with 25 homeruns and 72 RBI's, which led to his promotion to Triple-A for this season.
In six Minor League-seasons, Halman has played in 532 games in which he hit 495 basehits, including 115 homeruns. Halman scored 341 runs and has 315 runs batted in.
Before turning pro, Halman made his debut in the Dutch Major League in 2003 playing for Kinheim in Haarlem. In his rookie-season, he hit .248 with 31 hits, 9 homeruns, 12 runs and 19 RBI's. The next year, Halman hit .358 with 54 hits, 4 homeruns, 28 runs and 41 RBI's. With his batting average, hits, homeruns and RBI's, he led his team and he led the league in RBI's. During his pro-seasons, Halman remained on the member-list of Kinheim, except for 2007 when he was on the list of ADO. With this, he remained eligible to play for his Dutch team when he came back after conclusion of his pro-season, like in 2008 when he played in four games for Kinheim, hitting 4-for-11, including three doubles, with two runs and two RBI's.
He then also was with the team during the Play-Offs, hitting 3-for-10, including a 3-run homerun.
On September 4, 2007, Halman made his debut in the Dutch National Team, playing in an exhibition game against Spain prior to the European Championship/Olympic Qualifier in Barcelona, where he played in six games. Later in the year, he also was with the National Team during the World Championship in Taiwan. Due to his pro-commitments (he was playing the Arizona Fall League), Halman was unavailable to participate in the Olympic Games of 2008 in Beijing (China) and last years World Championship in Europe. However, in March of 2009, he did participate in the World Baseball Classic with the Dutch squad. In total, Halman has played in 22 official international games for the Netherlands.
The Seattle Mariners are currently in fourth and last place in the American League West Division with a 57-93 record and are eliminated for the title, trailing leader Texas Rangers by 26 games.