Ryan Franklin Plans To Retire After 2011

Ryan Franklin's $6.5MM contract keeps him under St. Louis's control through 2011, and when it expires, the right-hander isn't sure he'll sign another one, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Strauss writes that, for now, the Cardinals closer is planning to retire after the 2011 season.

"I think I owe it to my family," Franklin said. "I've missed a lot of things that have been going on. I don't want to miss a lot more…. I'm financially sound. I don't see having to keep playing for that reason."

The 37-year-old currently sports a 2.40 ERA, along with 13 saves and a career-best 1.2 BB/9. He's enjoyed his best years in St. Louis, posting a 2.85 ERA and 69 saves in 232 appearances with the team since 2007. If he does indeed retire following the 2011 campaign, he'll have earned approximately $20MM in his major league career, according to Baseball-Reference.


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8 Comments on "Ryan Franklin Plans To Retire After 2011"


oremlk
5 years 2 months ago

I never realized how old he was. Well, good for him!

Guest
5 years 2 months ago

“I think I owe it to my family,” Franklin said. “I’ve missed a lot of things that have been going on. I don’t want to miss a lot more…. I’m financially sound. I don’t see having to keep playing for that reason.”

But Ryan, you still haven’t gotten your 6yr/$90million dollar contract by the Yankees yet =P

prophetjohn
5 years 2 months ago

Another of the greats calls the end of a legendary career. Good night, sweet prince.

proof2006
5 years 2 months ago

He wasn’t great, nor was his career legendary.

5 years 2 months ago

You guys are clearly well-versed in detecting sarcasm.

5 years 2 months ago

You guys are clearly well-versed in detecting sarcasm.

5 years 2 months ago

If he doesn’t stop dipping, he’ll miss a lot more. He’s just one of the asshat players who keeps the tin in his pocket, showing every teen he’s a dipper. Won’t cry when he’s gone.

4 years 1 month ago

he SHOULD have retired last year…go home with your family because u are not doing your team any good except blowing up and giving away wins.