Tag:Ryan Franklin
Posted on: January 16, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2011 3:53 pm

Cards' Franklin reconsidering retirement plans

Ryan Franklin Ryan Franklin has reversed field and now may play beyond 2011, he told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch .

When Franklin signed his two-year extension in 2009, he said it would be his last contract. Since then, he's changed his mind -- and why not, when you can pick up a couple more million dollars?

"I've done a lot of [thinking] this offseason," Franklin said at the team's Winter Warm-Up event in St. Louis. "I've come to the conclusion that if this year goes well, I'm going to keep playing. If I stay healthy, and I don't see why I shouldn't. The family has told me to keep playing, so I'm going to keep playing."

Franklin has 83 saves in four seasons with the Cardinals, including the last two as the team's closer. Franklin, who will be 38 in March, will make $3.5 million this season and if he has another good season, would be looking at a decent raise for 2012.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 17, 2010 6:08 pm

Franklin re-thinking retirement plans

Ryan Franklin Braves closer Billy Wagner has stood by his pledge to retire after the season, but Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin is reconsidering hanging them up after 2011.

For much of the season, Franklin had said he would retire when his contract ran out following the 2011 season. On Friday, though, he told reporters he's re-thinking the decision.

"Re-thinking means it's still going to be a family decision," Franklin said (from MLB.com's Matthew Leach ). "If they say, 'No daddy, we want you to stay home …'"

Franklin rejoined the Cardinals on Friday after spending two days at home in Oklahoma attending to a personal matter.

Franklin signed a two-year extension last September, paying him $3.5 million for 2011, with bonuses based on games finished.

He's 6-2 with a 3.55 ERA and 24 saves this season. Despite a higher ERA than a season go, Franklin's blown just two saves. He also has the lowest WHIP (1.046) and best strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.63) of his career.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 15, 2010 5:04 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 6:07 pm

Cards may shut down Garcia

You need any more proof the Cardinals' have conceded the 2010 season? The team is shutting down rookie starter Jaime Garcia, Tony La Russa told reporters before Wednesday's game.

La Russa said it was precautionary, not because of any sort of injury. Garcia is 13-8 with a 2.70 ERA and one of the many viable candidates for National League Rookie of the Year.

Garcia allowed 11 runs (nine earned) in his last two starts, Monday against the Cubs and Sept. 8 at Milwaukee.

The Reds lead the Cardinals by seven games and their magic number is 12. The Cardinals are closer to third-place Houston than the Reds in the National League Central. St. Louis is also seven games back in the NL Wild Card.

While it may be the white flag, that doesn't mean it's not the right move. Garcia had Tommy John surgery in 2008 and came back to pitch 37 2/3 innings in 2009. He's thrown 163 1/3 innings this season.

Also, Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin is headed home to Oklahoma for a personal issue and will re-join the team this weekend.

UPDATE: FoxSportsMidwest.com's B.J. Raines has the story up , here's what La Russa had to say:
“He’s not hurt, it’s just precautionary and smart,” La Russa said. “It doesn’t make sense to push him. …I don’t think he wants to jeopardize his career. He’s thrown a lot of pitches. He did a lot of things when he pitched the last game that were high quality, but (pitching coach Dave Duncan) thinks just as far as the consistency of it, it’s down some. He just talked about his arm feeling a little tired and he didn’t have the same pop.

“He’s shown some fatigue here lately and ‘Dunc’ believes his stuff has flattened out a little bit. He’s not hurt but we don’t want to push it.”

UPDATE: Oh, not so fast... Cardinals general manger John Mozeliak says Garcia will be skipped once in the rotation and then will be reevaluated. This could just be a smokescreen, especially if the Cardinals are eliminated by that point and then the team can shut him down with less criticism that they're giving up on the season.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 12:30 am

People speaking out against Strasburg as All-Star

Stephen Strasburg The issue if Stephen Strasburg should be an All-Star pitcher continues to rage on, with CBS Sports' own Scott Miller contending that the young phenom needs to be sitting at home when the All-Star Game kicks off in Anaheim.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre agrees.

"Is he not a potential super pitcher? Sure," he tells MLB.com. But I don't think he's been here long enough. ... The fact he makes the team and somebody else who's been playing since April shouldn't be on it? I don't think that would be the right thing."

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post had a few money quotes from people who don't feel Strasburg should be an All-Star.

"I don't care if two of his first four starts were no-hitters, there is no way you can put this kid on the All-Star team after five starts," Mitch Williams said on MLB Network according to Steinberg. " As much as he is impressive, polished, young and exciting, the All-Star game is based on the entire first half. It will do this kid a disservice and alienate other players against him if he makes the team. ... If Strasburg makes the team, it hurts the credibility of the league."

Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin agrees, saying there is "No chance. You can't be an all-star if you've pitched six games. It just ain't right."

Torre, Franklin and many others agree that Strasburg is a great talent and will be on All-Star teams for years to come. Just not in 2010.

"I have nothing against the kid; he's very special from what I've watched," Torre added. "I just think that's overkill if that's the process. I think for the few players that have a terrific first half, they may never do it again and they should be rewarded."

-- Evan Brunell

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