Summing up Ryan Franklin
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Franklin (31) reacts to giving up the eventual winning run in the 11th inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in St. Louis. The Giants beat the Cardinals 7-5 in 11 innings.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Posted on June 16, 2011 at 1:57 PM
Thursday, Jun 16 at 7:39 PM
By Jeff Abeln
(KMOV)-- The life of a Major League baseball player is pretty sweet. They stay in the nicest hotels, have the opportunity to eat fancy dinners all the time, and oh by the way they’re making millions of dollars playing a sport they love; at least most are or will at some point during their career. One of the few times it’s not a great thing to be a pro athlete is when you’re thoroughly struggling. Even though Ryan Franklin is making more than $3-million this year (according to usatoday.com) it’s not good to be Ryan Franklin right now.
When his struggles began I thought it was just a minor slump and honestly I thought the right hander would break out of it and return to his normal self. I also thought early on he was catching a couple of bad breaks and maybe his luck would eventually turn. But the more Franklin threw, the more I started to see a different pitcher; balls weren’t breaking the way they used to, and he was leaving pitches over the plate far too much. I understand professional sports is a ‘what have you done for me lately’ business, but after Wednesday night’s performance, I feel for Franklin a bit.
It’s clear he just doesn’t have “it” anymore and it’s time the Cardinals did something about it because every time he heads to the hill and gets beat up there’s nothing positive that can come out of it. Franklin told the St. Louis Post Dispatch after Wednesday’s game where he gave up four runs including a pair of home runs, “I believe it's going to turn for me and I can get on a roll." I really do admire his determination, positive attitude, and his willingness not to just throw in the towel and retire mid-season but his struggles most likely will not cease and when Franklin comes into a game and gets knocked around, I blame Tony La Russa for putting him in that situation, not Franklin for pitching. It’s not like he’s just going through the motions out there, he really is trying his hardest to turn this sinking ship around, and I respect that about him.
Whatever profession you’re in, there comes a point in time where you have to hang em’ up. I’m not saying Ryan Franklin needs to retire, but for the sake of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, a team who when they get healthy could have a shot to go deep into the playoffs, the Redbirds need to make a move.