Ryan Franklin chooses simple approach

St. Louis Cardinals closer doesn't dominate opposing hitters; he just gets them out

Originally Published: March 28, 2010
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis closer Ryan Franklin threw his fastball 91.2 mph on average in 2009. That's not bad, but it's still a marked departure from the heat that Jonathan Broxton, Jonathan Papelbon and some other prominent closers are packing on a daily basis.

On a given night, Franklin will choose from an assortment of four pitches. Other than Kansas City's Joakim Soria, it's hard to find a closer with such a varied repertoire.

And finally, there's that beard. Unlike Mariano ...

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