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Former Somerset Patriots player Ryan Freel dead of apparent suicide

Ryan Freel, who played parts of 8 seasons in the major leagues and finished his baseball playing career with the Somerset Patriots in 2010, was found dead yesterday. According to a report by the Florida Times-Union, police believe Freel shot himself with a gun to commit suicide.

Freel’s former Reds teammates Brandon Phillips and Sean Casey expressed their thoughts via Twitter:

Ryan Dunleavy, who covered Freel’s final season in professional baseball,Ā remembersĀ his time in the Atlantic League at his Patriots Pulse blog for MyCentral

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