Ryan Franklin chooses simple approach
St. Louis Cardinals closer doesn't dominate opposing hitters; he just gets them out
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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