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Ryan Franklin Plans To Retire. No, At The End Of The Season. No, The Next Season.

From the premature announcements file, Ryan Franklin plans to retire at the end of 2011

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Less than a year has passed since Franklin agreed to a below-market extension that runs through the 2011 season. Then, Franklin says, he will have had enough.

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"I think I owe it to my family," Franklin said before Friday's series opener against the Oakland A's. "I've missed a lot of things that have been going on. I don't want to miss a lot more.

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"If I wasn't able to provide for my family and we weren't going to be OK to the extent that either my wife or I would have to continue working, then I should play more. But I'm financially sound. I don't see having to keep playing for that reason."

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Impressively sound reasoning and family mannery. But if he manages to make 2010 or 2011 the first season in a Cardinals uniform where that sterling start doesn't lead to a frighteningly bad April he'll have a hard time turning people away, having officially become a Proven Veteran Closer.