Ryan Vogelsong: 10 Reasons His Coach May Turn Back into a Pumpkin in 2012

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Ryan Vogelsong: 10 Reasons His Coach May Turn Back into a Pumpkin in 2012

There weren't many feel-good stories in sports last year that topped the rise of Ryan Vogelsong.

The 33-year-old journeyman had a tumultuous career before his breakout 2011 season. He endured Tommy John surgery, being cut repeatedly and a stint in Japan. When the team that originally drafted him over a decade earlier signed him, it was far from a sure bet.

One Barry Zito injury later, a star was born.

Vogelsong pitched brilliantly, stepping in as a starter when Zito went down early in the season. His 2011 totals include a 13-7 record and a 2.71 ERA. He added 139 strikeouts and took the Bay Area and MLB by storm.

To make an impact at his age, at such a late stage in his career, was a remarkable accomplishment and one the helped to keep the Giants' dreams of a return ticket to the postseason alive.

Is this Cinderella story about to reach its end?

Here are 10 reasons why Ryan Vogelsong may not write the next chapter of his fairy tale in 2012.

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