Position: First base
Height/weight: 6-4/255 pounds
Age: 30. Birthdate: Nov. 19, 1979
Hometown: St. Louis
Years in major leagues: 6
How obtained: Fifth-round pick by the Phillies in the 2001 draft.
Statistically speaking: While his numbers were down slightly this season, some of that can be brushed aside due to an ankle injury that cost him 19 games. For the fifth straight season, Howard surpassed 100 RBI (108) and 30 home runs (31). His strikeouts were a full-season career low but his on-base percentage dropped to .353, the second lowest over the past five seasons.
The lineage: Ryan Howard is one of four children, including fraternal twin, Corey. He has long joked that he is the smallest of the three boys and that includes older brother Chris.