Freel’s Gone…For Good This Time

Team officials have confirmed that Ryan Freel has announced his retirement from professional baseball.

One of the biggest names in the 13-year history of the franchise, Freel’s tenure with the team lasted just nine games.  He hit .265 with no home runs and four RBI and one stolen base, and had recently missed some time with a hip flexor issue, which was first reported by Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News.

Freel had previously left the team on the last day of spring training to tend to family issues, and there seemed to be no guarantee that he’d return.  But he did — to some people’s surprise — and didn’t play anywhere near as much as long-time followers of the team or likely Freel himself had anticipated.

The MLB veteran told me before the season he expected to play every day and at different positions…and that just wasn’t the case.

Looking at the bigger picture from a Somerset perspective, this is another big blow to an already decimated lineup.  Josh Pressley (back), Jeff Nettles (wrist) and Pete LaForest (Taiwan) have all fallen out of Sparky Lyle’s batting order, and they’re simply running out of bodies to replace all these guys.

Somerset has off today — likely a Godsend to Brett Jodie, whose phone bill must be astronomical these days — and will return home for a seven game homestand that kicks off Tuesday.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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2 Responses to “Freel’s Gone…For Good This Time”

  1. Dan Says:

    Wow, well good luck, Ryan. I enjoyed his enthusiasm. Hey, Jack Cust might be available. He’s from the area, not playing a whole lot in Sacramento now.

  2. Snakeman Says:

    Cust was recalled last week and is with A’s currently.

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