Former MLB Player Ryan Freel Commits Suicide

By Riley Schmitt
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Although it is the holidays, there is still some sad news in sports. Ryan Freel, who made his bones playing for numerous MLB squads, has committed suicide at the age of 36. This is a tragic thing and it is happening at the time of year when only good things are supposed to be happening.

Freel was your classic utility player.  He really wasn’t a guy that you could depend on to start a full season, but he would be a guy who could give you A+ effort every day.  There are not a lot of guys that you can say that about.  When he was pressed to start, he would always shock people with how well he played.  He managed to squeeze out a decent career when not many people would have expected it.

This also serves as a reminder that we should not be afraid to talk about your problems.  If you are facing a bad situation, please talk to someone before choosing this final option.  I have no idea what Freel was going through but there is always someone who will be willing to listen.  It may seem like a burden but no one wants to deal with a situation like this.

I will remember Freel as a grinder on the field who left everything out there.  If we had more people that played like that, it would be much better for the sport.  May he rest in peace.


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