JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News sports director Dan Hicken has learned that Ryan Freel, a Jacksonville native andformer Major League Baseball has died at the age of 36. The cause of death is suicide.
Freel played baseball at Sandalwood and Englewood High School. He played for five different MLB teams from 2001-2009. He is most known for his six-year tenure with the Cincinnati Reds.
His career batting average was .268andhe stole 143 bases in his career.
Since his retirement from professional baseball in 2009, Freel was a part of an organization on the First Coast called BLD Baseball. BLDstands for Big League Development. Through this organization, Freel coached local youth baseball players.