Remembering Greg Halman

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SAN FRANCISCO — They wear sweatshirts in the brilliant orange of the Netherlands, loudly ham it up for cameras and call themselves the “Driemteam.’’  But  these 13 men and their  flamboyant gear also brought reminders of a slain Dutch ballplayer to the final rounds of the World Baseball Classic this week.

Their shirts carry the No. 56 and the name “Halman’’ on the back in honor of Greg Halman, whose younger brother, Jason, stabbed him to death in November 2011.

Halman, a Seattle Mariner and member of the 2009 Dutch WBC team, was only 24. Jason, who also played baseball, was ultimately acquitted of the stabbing on grounds of temporary insanity.

As a teen, Greg Halman had played for Corendon Kinheim, a Dutch team in the city of Haarlem. The men who traveled to San Francisco are all connected to Kinheim. Some of them, they said, had played with Greg Halman.

As they departed from the Netherlands, Halman’s mother, Hanny, came to wish them goodbye. “She gave us baseball cards and a baseball signed by Greg,’’ Casper Faassen said. “We wanted to honor him.’’

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