Ryan Freel, a former Cincinnati Reds player, was found dead Saturday of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Jacksonville, Fla., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Freel, 36, retired after the 2009 season after a series of concussions and other injuries. He spent six of his eight seasons with the Reds and finished with a career .268 average and 143 stolen bases.
“RIP Ryan Freel!! Great teammate, great guy,n loved his family!” former Cincinnati Reds player Sean Casey tweeted. “Such a sad day today with his passing!Awful news!Prayers are with his family!”
Freel, an outfielder and infielder, once said he estimated he had sustained up to 10 concussions. He missed 30 games in 2007 after a collision with a teammate caused a concussion, and he made several highlight reels throughout his career for running into outfield walls while making a catch.