Former Oriole Ryan Freel dies of self-inflicted gunshoot wound

Former Oriole Ryan Freel dies of self-inflicted gunshoot wound
December 23, 2012, 1:15 am

Ryan Freel, who played briefly for the Orioles during the 2009 season, took his life on Saturday, according to Jacksonville, Fla. police. He was 36.

Freel played nine seasons in the majors from 2001-09. His longest stint was six seasons with Cincinnati, and also played with Toronto, Kansas City and the Chicago Cubs.

Police say that Freel died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In the winter of 2008, Freel was traded to the Orioles from the Reds in a trade that sent catcher Ramon Hernandez to Cincinnati. He made the team as a utility player, but after playing just nine games, he was traded in May 2009 to the Cubs.

Freel batted .133 with an RBI in his nine games with the Orioles. In his major league career, Freel batted .268 with 22 home runs and 122 RBIs.