Well that's completely awful news.
That's awful news.
What an effed up world we live in. I pray for his family. So sad.
Hard to fathom. RIP.
What can I say, other than joining in the sentiments of others, in that this is truly awful news. Freel always gave 100%!
I respected the way be played the game.
Oh my god. Just unbelievable. Sad, tragic...and depressing. RIP Ryan. :(
For some reason the news hit me particularly hard. Very sad.
This is very, very sad. I really enjoyed Freel's time in Cincinnati. My prayers to his family.
I always felt a connection to Freel since he lived here in Jax. This is just wrong.
I didn't realize it, but he'd just recently been hired on to be a baseball coach. Unreal. :(
Former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel was named the head coach at St. Joseph Academy on Thursday.
Freel, who played at Sandalwood and graduated from Englewood in 1994, played for five major league teams in a career that spanned 15 years.
He was selected by Toronto in the 10th round of the 1995 draft out of Tallahassee Community College and played in the Blue Jays farm system six seasons before his major league debut in 2001. Freel’s best stretch was a six-year run with Cincinnati. He’s a career .268 hitter.
Freel’s hire is the second major move by St. Joseph in a week. The Flashes hired former Florida star Brandon James as its football coach last week, continuing a major overhaul of their athletic staff in the wake of a new administration coming in.
“We are very excited to have Coach Freel leading our baseball program at St. Joe,” said Principal Tom McGlinn in a statement.
“He relates well with both student-athletes and parents alike. He’s familiar with the Florida high school baseball programs having played at Sandalwood [and Englewood] High School. His enthusiasm, energy, and experience make him a perfect fit for our school.”
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Death, no matter the form is especially tough this time of year.
RIP Ryan....I'll always remember your amazing catch off of Pujols bat in GABP. It was the greatest defensive play I've ever seen live. The fans gave you a minute long standing ovation. Thanks for the memories....and I hope your soul finds some comfort somewhere.