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Greg Halman: Friend Remembered, Legacy Continued

The baseball world, and more specifically the Mariners family, was shocked and saddened by the untimely death of outfielder Greg Halman on November 21, 2011. For most of us, his passing is just now starting to set in as pitchers and catchers report along with some position players, this week.

Greg might not be in the Mariners clubhouse at the Peoria Sports Complex, but as Greg Johns wrote today on Mariners.com, his spirit and his memory are being carried on by his teammates.

Each player received a Greg Halman shirt courtesy of Mike Carp.

Mike Carp not only lost a friend and a teammate, he lost a brother. Carp arrived in camp and it was clear that he wanted to keep some part of Greg in everybody’s thoughts.

As MLB.com’s Greg Johns wrote here right before the Christmas holiday:

Carp wants people to know who Greg Halman was and what he could have been. He says the 24-year-old had something special about him, a presence and light that lifted everyone around him. And after finally making it to the Majors for 35 games this past season, he was just scratching the surface of what he could be on the diamond.

Carp traveled to Holland along with Dan Cortes, Adam Moore, Alex Liddi and Matt Mangini to support the Halman family through a difficult time. When he arrived, he saw the impact that Greg had on his community.

“His legacy will live on, especially in Holland,” Carp said. “And the people he touched here, he made them better. There will be a lot of people who, I’m not going to say are angry, but will be on a mission now. It’s going to change a lot of people’s lives for the better.

“That was the effect he had. He wanted to make people better. It was never about him, it was about everybody else and what they needed.”

Mike Carp provided these shirts in memory of Greg Halman to all the Mariners players, coaches and staff in Arizona.

Carp also made a personal and permanent addition to himself. Over the offseason, he made the commitment and added some ink, much like the ink that Greg sported on his arms, a sleeve of artwork.

As he told Greg Johns:

“I have him right here,” the 25-year-old said, tapping the new tattoo on his left bicep. “He actually had this on his own arm. So when I went to Holland, his mom gave me a picture of it and I took it to my guy and had it put on in the same spot and everything.

“He’ll be with me for the rest of my life.”

The artwork was inspired by Halman who had many of the same elements that Carp has incorporated into his own canvas.

The “My World” tattoo is an exact replica of the one that Greg had, clearly seeing the stitching of the baseball, and if you look closely enough, you’ll see marks to depict where Greg is in the Netherlands, and where Carp will be in Seattle.

While not completely visible in the slideshow below, Carp has a “G” on one side of the world and an “H” on the other with “No Grind No Shine” (Greg’s favorite saying) also being part of the art that surround the world.

He also included various angels to watch over and take care of Greg.

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Greg Halman may be gone but his presence and his light will live on in the Mariners family.

Halman Remembrance

 – FA

Fun With Numbers

With Pitchers and Catchers reporting to Peoria today, 2012 Spring Training is officially underway.

To get you ready for baseball season, we wanted to share the official rosters with you in a number of formats. This is always a fun time of the year, especially for those fortunate enough to make their way to Peoria, seeing the players working hard on the back fields.

Often times we hear, “who is wearing #75″ or “is that player really wearing #88?” Those players would of course be left-handed pitchers Danny Hultzen and Steve Garrison. Here are the latest updates to the Mariners roster to help you figure out what numbers the players will be wearing this spring:

– JE

Greetings from Peoria, Arizona

It feels like the 2011 season just ended, but here we are having landed in Phoenix, AZ, and arrived at the Mariners side of the Peoria Sports Complex today for the start of another great year of baseball. When the Mariners have their first official workout of the spring on Sunday, we’ll be the only Cactus League team, or Major League team for that matter, to be open for camp.

Seattle Mariners Administrative Offices in Peoria Arizona

A few players have already arrived including RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, LHP Jason Vargas, INF Alex Liddi and C Adam Moore and many more will be trickling in before their scheduled physicals on Saturday.

Carlos Guillen, Dustin Ackley, Brendan Ryan, Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak and Mike Carp have their lockers ready for camp.

The fields are not completely empty. The Doosan Bears, a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea, have been working out at the complex and will continue to work out here until February 19 in preparation for their regular season.

The Doosan Bears, a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea, will be practicing at the Peoria Sports Complex ahead of their regular season.

It should be an interesting first few days being the only team in the Cactus League. With RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and INF Munenori Kawasaki joining Ichiro on the Mariners and with RHP Yu Darvish joining the Texas Rangers just down the road, we expect to have a higher-than-normal influx of Japanese media.

Here’s a quick run-down of what the schedule looks like for the Mariners in the next few days.

Important Spring Training Dates

Fri.

Feb 10

Major League Camp Coaches Meeting

Sat.

Feb 11

Major League Staff Meeting / Pitchers/Catchers Physicals

Sun.

Feb 12

First Workout – Pitchers/Catchers

Wed.

Feb 15

Minor League Mini Camp players report (more on this next week)

Thurs.

Feb 16

Mini Camp Physicals

Fri.

Feb 17

Physicals Position Players / First Mini Camp Workout

Sat.

Feb 18

First Full Squad Workout

– FA

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