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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Baseball Player Freel, a Suicide, First With CTE

Update December 2013:  Freel IDed now, after brain probe, as first dead MLB player with CTE.

December 2012: Ryan Freel, a popular utility player in the major leagues until recently, mainly with the Reds, was known for his all-out play--and multiple concussions, far less common in baseball than in football.  He had to retire not long ago due to that and other injuries--and now has been found dead, at age 36, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, in Miami.  Football players who had killed themselves in recent years have earned wide attention, but unusual in baseball--but now head injuries getting more notice there as well. 

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