Ryan Freel, who played for the Cincinnati Reds from 2003-2008, committed suicide on Saturday according to a local Jacksonville media outlet.
Freel is best known for his hustle while on the ball field, and his reputation for being a good person. He was a fan favorite in the Queen City.
Freel played eight seasons in the big leagues where he batted .268 with 143 stolen bases and 306 runs scored. He also boasted a modest .364 on-base percentage. Six of those seasons were spent in a Reds uniform.
The news of his passing is certainly a shocking and saddening one.
More to come as reports start to surface.
Update: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has determined that Freel's cause of death was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is survived by his wife, Christie, and three young daughters.