Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ex-Red Ryan Freel commits suicide

A former Cincinnati Reds utility player is dead at age 36.

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.


John Mccomas said...

R.I.P. Ryan Freel the hardest working man to play the game in years

Anonymous said...

Ryan defined what it means to play the game with heart, to play hard and be a team player. Gone far to early, ryan we will miss you and your dirty uniform, you wore it with pride. Thx for the memories..our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..