St. Louis Cardinals Release Ryan Franklin

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIJune 30, 2011

Two years ago, Ryan Franklin was an All-Star closer for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Now, he’s out of a job.

The Cardinals released the 38-year-old on Wednesday. Franklin was the Cardinals’ closer on Opening Day, and after blowing a save against the San Diego Padres, he lost his job and hasn’t recovered.

Franklin had an 8.46 ERA, a 1.84 WHIP and was giving up a whopping 2.9 HRs/9 in 27.2 innings of work. His ground-ball percentage of 37 was a career-low and his 25 percent line drive percentage was a career-high.

Franklin has said before that he was going to retire after the 2011, so this release might make for an early retirement for him.

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