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Cardinals unconditionally release Franklin

Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:27 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 5:48 pm
By Matt Snyder

Former Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin was given his unconditional release Wednesday after a nightmarish 2011 campaign for the one-time All-Star, the Cardinals announced. He was removed from the role he had filled the past few years after blowing four of his first five save chances and has never been able to fully bounce back. He has an 8.46 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, four losses and four blown saves in 21 appearances. In light of this, the release is merciful from a certain point of view, as he actually got worse in June.

Franklin was a successful closer for the Cardinals from about halfway through 2008 until this season. He saved 82 games in three seasons prior to this one and in 2009 was lights out. He had a 1.92 ERA and 38 saves during the only season he's ever made an All-Star Game.

It's probable Franklin gets another shot somewhere else, but certainly not a given. He's 38 years old and could just be washed up. Odds are someone rolls the dice to see if a change of scenery can rekindle some of the success he had the past three seasons. 

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Cardinals unconditionally release Franklin

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Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:05 pm

Cardinals unconditionally release Franklin

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:18 pm

Cardinals unconditionally release Franklin

While Ryan Franklin is a nice guy and definitely provided my beloved Cardinals with a couple wonderful seasons as closer.....I have to say this is about a month overdue.  I don't wish ill on the guy but Franklin and Batista (also released, thank goodness) were just taking roster spots away from players who at least had a chance to contribute.

It is a miracle the Cardinals are still in the race considering we lost our ace pitcher before the season began, Albert Pujols looked human up until his injury, Matt Holliday basically missed a month (between his appendicitis and quadricep injury), our third baseman (David Freese) has been out since early May, our best utility player (Nick Punto) has been out a considerable time, and a promising young outfielder (Allen Craig) has been on the DL twice already, a bullpen that is pieced together with youngsters and journeymen, a defense that has had more holes than a sieve, and Chris Carpenter is still looking to regain even a portion of the form that he showed the last few years (did I cover everything?).

I guess we have to thank the Jekyll and Hyde team in Milwaukee who cannot win on the road or lose at home for not putting us away.  The NL Central needs to bury the Cardinals before Pujols returns in August because I expect this club to take off once they are fully healthy (got Freese and Punto back last night, whoo hoo!).  This is reminding me of 2006 in a way.  We had a lot of injuries in 2006 and they got healthy right towards the end of the season and then peaked in the playoffs (thank you Houston for losing on the last day to give us the division title).

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