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Ryan Freel, who played for five MLB teams between 2001 and 2009, has committed suicide at age 36, according to multiple reports.
Sgt. Mike Paul of the Jacksonville (Fla.) Sheriffs Office confirmed to The Florida Times-Union that Freel, a Jacksonville native, was found dead from a self-inflicted shotgun wound Saturday at his home around 4 p.m. local time.
Paul confirmed to the newspaper that authorities were treating the death as a suicide.
Freel, a utilityman who played outfield, second base and third base, spent most of his MLB career (six seasons) with the Cincinnati Reds. He also played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals. He was drafted by the Blue Jays in 10th round of the 1995 draft. He stole over 35 bases in three straight seasons with the Reds from 2004-06.
First Coast News, a Florida television network, first reported Freel's suicide.
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Former MLB player Ryan Freel, who is most strongly known for his stint with the Cincinnati Reds, reportedly committed suicide.
Ryan Freel was born with Pete Rose-type baseball genes, minus the natural talent.Thats what made Freel so popular with Cincinnati Reds fans, and its why the Reds once put together a Ryan Freel T-shirt giveaway with simulated dirt smudging the garment.Freel never finished a game without dirt and grime on his uniform, to say nothing of his face and arms. And more often than not, the...
The Jacksonville (Florida) Sheriff’s office is reporting that former Cincinnati Reds IF/OF Ryan Freel has took his own life.
From the Florida Times-Union
Former Major League Baseball player and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was found dead in his home on Saturday in what authorities said was a suicide.
Freel, 36, was found dead from a self-inflicted shotgun blast around 4 p.m....
Former MLB utility man Ryan Freel was found dead late Saturday, apparently from a self-inflicted shotgun wound.
The 36 year old Freel spent eight years in the majors, from 2001-2009. He spent the majority of that time with the Reds, though he finished up playing 14 games for the Cubs and debuted as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Known primarily for his hustle, Freel was a fan...
Ryan Freel, a former Major League Baseball player known for his fearless play but whose career was cut short after eight seasons by a series of head and other injuries, was found dead Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Freel, who was 36, died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound, sheriff's office spokesman Shannon...
Former MLB player Ryan Freel, who made his name with a hard-nose, hustling style of play with the Cincinnati Reds, has committed suicide at age 36. Freel last played in the majors in 2009 with the Royals, and his best years came a decade ago with the Reds, highlighted by three straight seasons with at least 30 stolen bases from 2004 to 2006.
After that 2006 season though, Freel...
Ryan Freel was just 36 years old when he took his own life yesterday. According to Chad Cushnir of First Coast News, Freel died from an apparent suicide. He leaves behind a child and a wife.
Freel played eight seasons in the Majors for five different teams. In his career, Freel hit .268/.354/.369. He was a gritty player who always gave it his best. He was likely instilling...
Ryan Freel was always a favorite of mine. So much that one night, I felt compelled to add him as a Facebook friend. In fact, whatever occurred between today and yesterday was not something that I would think was planned all along by Freel. As of yesterday, Freel had added a submission to The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Field fan page stating “Let me know if I can help in anyway……”...
MIAMI (AP) -- Former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel has been found dead in his Florida home, and authorities are investigating his death as a possible suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Shannon Hartley said Sunday that the 36-year-old Freel's body was found at his Jacksonville home Saturday afternoon. The medical...
Ex-MLB utility player, Ryan Freel, committed suicide yesterday at the age of 36.Freel was best know for his speed, having swiped 143 bases over parts of 8 seasons with the Blue Jays, Reds, Orioles, Cubs, and Royals. He last saw Big League action in 2009 in Kansas City. His career slash line was .268/.723 and Baseball-Reference.com has his career earnings listed as $11.55M.Freel...
Former Reds supersub Ryan Freel committed suicide on Saturday. Why does his death hurt more than most?