By all accounts, former MLB player Ryan Freel was a good, funny dude who was loved by all of his teammates. As a utility player who could play almost every position on the field, Freel spent time with the Blue Jays, Reds, Orioles, Cubs, and Royals between 2001 and 2009 before retiring in May 2010. But, Freel's story now has a sad ending.
Over the weekend, the 36-year-old was found dead at his home in Jacksonville, FL, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. And, now, Freel's former teammates, friends, and family are all left to wonder what made him take his own life. Some are already calling into question all of the concussions that Freel reportedly suffered during his playing days. Others believe that Freel, who often gave interviews that ranged from quirky to downright bizarre, suffered with some personal demons. But, regardless, the sports world just lost another athlete to suicide.
What a sad story. R.I.P., Ryan.
[via Yahoo! Sports]