It was surely a coincidence that Ryan Freel's family found out that he suffered from a degenerative brain disease on the same day that MLB announced that home plate collisions were no longer allowed in the game beginning next season. But the timing may have been serendipitous. There isn't a direct connection between the two, at least as far as we know. But of the 10 concussions...
Former baseball player Ryan Freel, who played for the Kansas City Royals, was announced to have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide in December 2012. Between 2001 to 2009, Freel played for five different major league teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cincinnati Reds. He retired on May 17th, 2010 while playing for Somerset Patriots...
Ryan Freel Found to Have CTE, Spreading Concussion, Head Trauma Concerns to Baseball, Other Non-Collision Sports
While concussion and neurology experts have long emphasized that destructive head trauma can happen in any sport, football and hockey have taken most of the headlines during the recent upswing in awareness about the long-term effects of head hits in sports. That may not change anytime soon, considering the disproportionate amount of possible cases in collision sports compared to...
A lot of attention has been paid this year to the issue of concussions in football -- so much so that it's easy to overlook the impact of brain injuries in other sports. Sunday will mark one year since Ryan Freel committed suicide. The eight-year Major League veteran was known for his all-out style of play, his willingness to crash into walls to make a play and an eccentric personality...
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