Sports Legacy Institute’s Chris Nowinski discusses MLB's new home-plate collision rule

Major League Baseball has adopted a new rule, a rule that will protect catchers from collisions at home plate. I can’t say that I’m against it. Presumably, most people will say that running the catcher is a part of the game. Now don’t get me wrong I completely understand that, but you have to take into consideration the safety of the players and what’s at stake. Major...
Via The GM's Perspective
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB bans home plate collisions, players react

It was a foregone conclusion that Major League Baseball was going to implement a rule to reduce the violence of collisions at home plate, and that they did on Monday.  It’s being called an “experimental rule”, which means that it’s not official yet, but if successful, will likely be adopted.  Highlights of the experimental rule 7.13 (according to Paul Hagen of MLB.com)...
Via Reading Between The Seams
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Safety at the Plate

By Joe Tevelowitz, AngelsWin.com ColumnistAs MLB Rules Committee announced that new rules eliminating home plate collisions would be introduced for the 2014 season, and before the rule itself is written, it was expected for traditionalists to be up-in-arms over a change to what some deem such a fundamental part of the game.  Images of collisions of the plate highlight many...
Via Angelswin
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

The final days of Ryan Freel

On December 22, 2012, former Cincinnati Reds infielder and outfielder Ryan Freel committed suicide. This week, his family released news that he’d been suffering with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a concussion-related disease more commonly associated with football players. On the anniversary, Brett Popplewell at SportsNet writes about Freel’s tragic life and his sad final...
Via Red Hot Mama
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel's CTE diagnosis shows why MLB must take greater measures against concussions

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...
Via The Outside Corner
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Late baseball player Ryan Freel suffered from CTE

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...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

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...
Via NESN.com
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel had CTE at time of suicide

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...
Via The Outside Corner
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

I want to be a Macho man

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but real life got in the way (no complaints here, I like real life).  This actually has a lot to do with real life, however, so maybe a bit of perspective wasn’t a bad thing after all. You may have heard that as soon as they iron out the kinks and the MLBPA approves it, Major League Baseball is about to ban catcher collisions...
Via World Series Dreaming
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Ryan Freel was diagnosed with CTE year before suicide

As the sports and medical community begin to learn more about the toll that head contact and physical play take on the human body over time, the Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville.com) Justin Barney is reporting that former Cincinnati Reds IF/OF Ryan Freel suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) just before he took his own life a year ago this month.  Freel’s brain...
Via Reading Between The Seams
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel was suffering from brain disease CTE when he committed suicide

Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute was presented...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Findings conclude Ryan Freel was suffering from degenerative brain disease at time of death

The family of the late Ryan Freel announced that the former Major League Baseball player was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide in December 2012. The family made the announcement during a mass on Sunday paying tribute to the Jacksonville native.According to a report on Jacksonville.com, Freel's mother...
Via Redlegs Review
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

RLW Episode 30 – Not a Whole Lot of Questions

It’s been a long offseason but Spring Training is here! We’re excited to bring the podcast back Reds fans and if this season is going to be anything like 2012, it’s going to be a fun ride! In this week’s show: David Gale look at the team going into spring training It’s baseball time!! and a New Co-Host Shin-Soo Choo trade and position change good idea? Ludwick gets rewarded...
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February 19, 2013  |  Discuss

RLW Episode 30 – Not a Whole Lot of Questions

. In this week’s show: David Gale look at the team going into spring training It’s baseball time!! and a New Co-Host Shin-Soo Choo trade and position change good idea? Ludwick gets rewarded New and improved bench with Jason Donald and Jack Hannahan Who’s going to step up and be a leader Votto? Bruce? Can Todd Fraizer and Zach Cozart get even Better? Can Chapman Start? Where...
Via RedLegFans
February 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Remembering Ryan Freel

On December 22, 2012, Ryan Freel was found dead in his home in Florida, killed by a self-inflicted shotgun wound. He was the father of three, the oldest of whom just celebrated her eighth birthday. He was 36. As you may have noticed, I’ve put off writing about this. It seemed like a topic that deserved some quiet reflection, which there isn’t time for in the days leading up...
Via Red Hot Mama
January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

New York Times Follow Up on Ryan Freel

by: Parker Perry @ParkerPerry_ The New York Times examined Ryan Freel thoroughly in their latest story on the former Cincinnati Red. Mike Tierney, of the Times, spoke with Freel's ex-wife, looked deep into his injuries, and went through his entire career. While his peers and fans praised Freel’s headfirst approach throughout an eight-year career in the major...
Via Redlegs Review
December 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Fundraiser for Ryan Freel

When the news broke of Ryan Freel’s suicide last week, it made for a very sad evening at the RHM household. During Freel’s time with the Cincinnati Reds, he was the most entertaining athlete on the field and a joy to watch. The news of his passing just before Christmas was difficult to handle. Some good news has come out of the tragedy, though. The Reds fan forum RedsZone has...
Via Red Hot Mama
December 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Former MLB player found dead in Fla. home

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...
Via Fox Sports Florida
December 23, 2012  |  Discuss

McCoy: Ryan Freel was passionate, fearless

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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Former Red Ryan Freel dead at age 36

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...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 23, 2012  |  Discuss

R.I.P. Ryan Freel

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...
Via More Hardball
December 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Former Major Leaguer Ryan Freel Commits Suicide

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...
Via MLB Injury News
December 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Freel found dead in Florida home

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...
Via AP on Fox
December 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Former MLB Player Ryan Freel Reportedly Commits Suicide

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...
Via Next Impulse Sports
December 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Ryan Freel commits suicide

Former MLB player Ryan Freel died on Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot in what authorities are calling a suicide. The Jacksonville native was found at his home in Jacksonville, and no foul play was suspected. He was 36 years old. Freel spent eight seasons in the bigs and was most known for his six-year stint as a utility man with the Cincinnati Reds. His all-out play endeared...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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