That's because the man with 22 career home runs to his name was an absolute All-Star in the early days of the baseball blogosphere, always coming up with memorable ways to drive traffic.
Among Freel's most memorable slugs:
• Claimed to have an imaginary friend named "Farney" who lived inside his head. "Everybody thinks I talk to myself, so I tell 'em I'm talking to Farney,'" Freel told the Dayton Daily News in 2006.
• Once fit the description of a baseball player who was looking to pass the time at spring training by, uh, making a new friend on Craigslist.
• Played with little regard to his personal safety and made a number of memorable plays, including the time he was knocked out cold after catching a ball during a horrific warning-track collision with teammate Norris Hopper(notes). (Hopper later revealed that he placed the ball in Freel's glove, but that only added to the bloggability.)
• Posed for pictures like this one.
Freel also got into his share of trouble, being arrested twice for alcohol-related offenses during his career. He was also a walking MASH unit the past few seasons, and he bounced between the Orioles, Cubs, Royals and Rangers.
He retires, however, with a decent slash line of .268/.354/.369 and 143 career steals. As they ride off into the sunset, we here at Big League Stew would like to wish Freel and Farney the best.