What Major League Baseball is doing about concussions
October 29, 2015
After Ryan Freel was the first pro ballplayer to be diagnosed with CTE, baseball tries to lead on head injuries
Ryan Freel's fearlessness on the field earned the undersized utility man a spot on five Major League Baseball teams. But he paid a price. After a series of concussions, Freel, who retired in 2010, grew angry and depressed. In December 2012, he committed suicide. A year later, he was the first MLB player to be diagnosed with CTE, the degenerative disease that plagues athletes in contact sports. In this America Tonight excerpt, Michael Okwu reports on how his diagnosis is at the center of a campaign to raise awareness about concussions in baseball.