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Former Cubs Player Ryan Freel Found Dead

Ryan Freel

Ryan Freel, 36, was found dead in his Jacksonville, FL home on Saturday. Early reports indicate he he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Freel briefly played for the Cubs in 2009. Jim Hendry aquired him from Baltimore for Joey Gathright in early May. I never understood the trade. Gathright was 28 and Freel a washed up 33-year-old riddled with an achy body.

Granted, Gathright never panned out, but Freel had a (-2) OPS+ in just 14-games with Chicago before he was purchased by the Royals in July. His big league career was over before he ever arrived in Chicago.

“He’s a little guy who lives in my head who talks to me and I talk to him.”
-Freel

That aside, count me among the many fans who appreciated Freel’s constant hustle on the diamond. He was scrappy, a gamer, and apparently won the heart of Hendry, too.

Long live Farney.

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