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.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Baseball Player Freel, a Suicide, First With CTE
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