Ryan Franklin

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Ryan Franklin
Ryan Franklin 2008.jpg
Tenure with the St.Louis Cardinals
Pitcher
Born: (1973-03-05) March 5, 1973 (age 41)
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 15, 1999 for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
June 28, 2011 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Win–loss record 62–76
Earned run average 4.14
Strikeouts 668
Saves 84
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Olympic medal record
Men's baseball
Competitor for the  United States
Gold 2000 Sydney Team competition

Ryan Ray Franklin (born March 5, 1973) is a retired American professional baseball pitcher. He played for the Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis Cardinals.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas and grew up in Spiro, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school in Spiro in 1991 and was named to the All-State baseball team. He went to Seminole Junior College, in Oklahoma, where he had a 20-0 win-loss record over two years.

Playing career[edit]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Franklin was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 23rd round of the 1992 amateur draft but chose to return to school. He signed his first major league contract with the team on May 21, 1993.

After arriving in the Majors full-time in 2001, Franklin spent the following four years as a starter for the Mariners, posting a record of 23-44. He tied for the Major League lead in home runs allowed in 2003, with 34.[1]

On August 2, 2005, Franklin became the eighth Major League player, and second Mariner, to test positive for steroid use, receiving a ten-day suspension.[2] On December 13, 2007, he was named in the Mitchell Report to the Commissioner of Baseball of an Independent Investigation Into the Illegal Use of Steroids and Other Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball.[3]

After the 2005 season, Franklin filed for free agency.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On January 13, 2006 Franklin signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.[4]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On August 7, 2006, Franklin was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later, who turned out to be minor league pitcher Zac Stott.

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

On January 22, 2007, Franklin signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on a one-year, $1 million contract. He signed a two-year, $5 million contract extension with a $2.75 million club option for 2010 on July 5, 2007. He was promoted to closer on May 17, 2008.[5] Franklin was named to the 2009 All-Star Game roster.[6] On September 1, 2009, Franklin signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals. In 2009, he finished the regular season with a 1.92 ERA, and 38 saves.[7]

On April 19, 2011, Franklin (who blew 2 saves in 29 chances in the 2010 season) was removed from his closer role after (among other struggles on the mound) blowing four saves in five chances to start the 2011 season. Despite the poor season he is still considered a World Series Champion in 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals.[8]

He was released on June 29, after recording an 8.46 ERA,[9] giving up 44 hits (.367 batting average against), nine home runs, walking seven and striking out 17 in 27 2/3 innings for a 1.84 WHIP in 21 games with the Cardinals in 2011.[10] He retired on December 9, 2011.

Olympics[edit]

Franklin was a member of the gold medal winning US baseball team at the 2000 Olympics, where he had a 3-0 pitching record in 4 appearances.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Angie Romberg and the couple has three children: Logan, Teagen, and Kaylin. He and his family live in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He also has a ranch in his hometown of Spiro, Oklahoma.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryan Franklin Statistics". Fangraphs. Archived from the original on March 26, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Players suspended under baseball's steroids policy". ESPN.com. June 7, 2006. Archived from the original on June 8, 2006. Retrieved July 20, 2007. 
  3. ^ George J. Mitchell (December 13, 2007). "Mitchell Report" (PDF). MLB.com. 
  4. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (January 6, 2006). "Phillies add ex-Mariner Franklin to rotation". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2006. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ Derrick Goold (May 17, 2008). "Notes: Franklin backs taxed bullpen". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  6. ^ Gordon, Jeff (July 6, 2009). "Franklin's arrival as an All-Star is only appropriate". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ryan Franklin". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. 
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  9. ^ Willie Springer (June 29, 2011). "Willie Springer". KMOX (KMOV). Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (June 29, 2011). "Cardinals Release Ryan Franklin". MLBTradeRumors.com. Archived from the original on September 1, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 

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