Once a well known utility player, Ryan Freel has committed suicide. Freel, 36, played in the big leagues from 2001-2009 and compiled a .268 average and 143 stolen bases.
Freel’s death was first reported late Saturday afternoon by First Coast News in Freel’s hometown, Jacksonville, Fla. Freel reportedly died of a self-inflicted shotgun blast.
The most memorable time of Freel’s big league career came during his six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.
He is survived by his wife Christie and his daughter Ava.