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December 31, 2008
What? Ryan Howard, Mr. Phillies, finished fourth in a year when the Phillies won the World Series? Well, yes. So much is made of what Howard does too much of that sometimes what he does do seems underappreciated. It is appreciated exactly the right amount. In a two-horse race, Howard finished second in NL MVP voting, well behind Albert Pujols, mainly because Howard, the 2006 MVP, struck out 199 times and hit .251, lower than any MVP winner. Howard, in his third full season, led the NL in home runs and RBI, but with all the whiffs and the laughable .215 average through June, finishing second was justice served.
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September 11, 2010 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Ryan Howard either can't explain it or would prefer not to even try. After all, superstition is in just about every baseball player's DNA, so why invite a jinx? But for whatever reason - sharper focus, pennant-race adrenaline - September has been Howard's most productive month since he took root as the Phillies' full-time cleanup hitter in 2006. He's at it again. Howard hit an impressive bases-empty home run to tie Friday's game against the Mets at Citi Field, 3-3. It was his fifth homer in 10 games this month and third in three games.
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April 15, 2009 | By Andy Martino and Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Ryan Howard has made a number of changes since the Phillies won a World Series championship last October. He signed a multiyear contract. He dropped about 20 pounds. He labored to improve his defense. And, canny observers may have noticed, he began wearing a mouthpiece during games. The first baseman, 29, is always seeking ways to improve. When he saw Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez sporting a clear mouthpiece on his lower row of teeth last season, Howard was intrigued.
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January 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS was introduced as a Dodger last week and Marlon Byrd will report to camp with the Reds, not the Phillies, when spring training begins next month. Subtracting one-fourth of the regular lineup is a start, but it's difficult to label the Phillies' rebuilding efforts this winter as anything more than minor until the biggest hurdle toward fixing the future is cleared. Ryan Howard remains a Philadelphia Phillie. The front office would like to change that fact within the next 6 weeks.
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July 21, 2013 | BY BOB VETRONE JR., Daily News Staff Writer vetronb@phillynews.com
WHEN HE WENT on the disabled list earlier this month with a torn meniscus in his left knee, Ryan Howard had just surpassed the 5,000 mark for career major league plate appearances. So we thought it convenient to break his career numbers down into five segments, each ending with the game where he accumulated another 1,000 PA. And, as suspected, the early Ryan Howard was by far the best, as virtually all of his numbers below show: Plate Bat. On-Base Slug. HR SO From To (Age)
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July 3, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PHILLIES had been so sorry for so long that it really seemed their forever fate. Ryan Howard intervened. Your baseball team had been in the playoffs once from 1984 to 2006. They were mostly bad, usually boring and without imagination or inspiration. Ryan Howard intervened. He was the accidental Rookie of the Year in 2005. When Jim Thome got hurt, Howard got called up and went for 22 homers and 63 RBI in just 88 games. You wonder if Phillies management of that era ever would have understood what they had if Thome had not been injured.
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November 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Ryan Howard's twin brother sued him for $2.8 million; before his father, who helped manage the Phillies slugger's money, allegedly requested a $10 million separation payment; before Howard claimed his parents and brothers conspired to defraud him, Howard planned a mansion with eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The sprawling Florida home was a place for the family - especially Corey, Ryan's look-alike confidant who moved from St. Louis to Philadelphia in 2008 to live with Ryan.
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April 11, 2007
It wasn't hard to score Ryan Howard's appearance on the the "Late Show with David Letterman" last night. The Phillies first baseman hit a grand slam. Howard, while obviously more at home on the baseball diamond, more than held his own. Time after time, Letterman lobbed softball questions that the Phillies star hit out of the park to the delight and laughter of the audience. In one lighthearted exchange, Letterman discussed whether Ryan anticipated pitches. "You're a tremendous hitter," Letterman said.
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July 13, 2011
ON THE DAY AFTER the All-Star Game was played in Phoenix without Ryan Howard, this column is directed at the haters and bashers who have been coming out of the woodwork in larger numbers than usual. They are predictable as smog in a heat wave. They pretend to be knowledgable baseball fans, but trip themselves up every time because they are dead wrong. And egregiously stupid. I hear the reason why he was not voted into the All-Star Game by the fans - and Phillies fans basically ignored him while stuffing the ballot box for an injured Shane Victorino - is because the National League has all these great first basemen.
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January 19, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
EVERYONE on the planet - well, everyone on the planet who even casually follows major league baseball - is aware that the Phillies would like to trade Ryan Howard in an effort to expedite their rebuilding project. Both Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf could step in and play first base in his place in 2015. Howard's skills have declined since shattering his left Achilles' tendon four Octobers ago, but he is still owed a minimum of $60 million for the next two seasons. He might be the most difficult player in baseball to trade.
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January 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Speaking 35 days from the first player workout in Clearwater, Fla., Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. deemed it "likely" Ryan Howard will still be with the team come spring training. That despite previously stating he told Howard that the Phillies, who are looking to get younger and rebuild, would be better off without the embattled first baseman. "There's always awkwardness when we're making transitions, I think," Amaro said Friday before the annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet.
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January 17, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Many of the players and much of the atmosphere will be different when the Phillies begin spring training next month in Clearwater, Fla. Ryne Sandberg promises an altered approach from the manager, too. "With a veteran club, I think I expected a little different clubhouse in terms of leadership among the players [last season]," Sandberg said by telephone earlier this week from his winter residence in Chicago. "I don't think it was a good clubhouse, so I would say that falls on me first.
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January 16, 2015
WITH A LITTLE more than a month remaining until the Phillies' first full-squad workout at Bright House Field, it is looking increasingly likely that Ryan Howard will be a participant. That's because they have little to gain and nothing to lose by holding on to him for the first couple months of the season. First things first: Maikel Franco should spend the first couple of months of the season at Triple A so that he is not eligible to become a free agent until after the 2021 season. A quick refresher: A team has control over a player for the equivalent of six seasons before he is eligible to become a free agent.
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January 15, 2015 | Staff Report
DAILY NEWS Phillies writer David Murphy hosted a chat on Philly.com yesterday. Here are some of the highlights: Question: Why won't the Phillies just cut Ryan Howard? What happens then? Can anyone sign him? Would anyone sign him? Who pays? Wouldn't it be better to not have him around? Murph: Why would they cut him? Maikel Franco is going to spend the first couple of months of the year in the minors. Darin Ruf is going to play leftfield. Cody Asche will be at third base. Cutting him just for the sake of cutting him doesn't make sense.
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January 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS was introduced as a Dodger last week and Marlon Byrd will report to camp with the Reds, not the Phillies, when spring training begins next month. Subtracting one-fourth of the regular lineup is a start, but it's difficult to label the Phillies' rebuilding efforts this winter as anything more than minor until the biggest hurdle toward fixing the future is cleared. Ryan Howard remains a Philadelphia Phillie. The front office would like to change that fact within the next 6 weeks.
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January 5, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The easiest items to remove in the Phillies' offseason garage sale are gone. Jimmy Rollins' wheels may be old, but the engine still runs pretty well, and there was lots of value in the glove department. The $11 million price tag was minuscule for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the highest payroll in baseball. Marlon Byrd, meanwhile, has gotten better with age, and once the Phillies decided to eat $4 million, the Cincinnati Reds were willing to give up an upper-level prospect (pitcher Ben Lively)
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January 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITHIN a 2-week span before the end of 2014, Ruben Amaro Jr. has jettisoned two everyday players from the Phillies' lineup. A dozen days after Jimmy Rollins officially was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the general manager sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitching prospect Ben Lively on Wednesday. The Phillies also sent cash to Cincinnati to complete the deal. Byrd, who turns 38 in August, hit a career-high 25 home runs in 2014. He also struck out a career-high 185 times; only Ryan Howard struck out more among major league hitters.
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January 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The latest move in the Phillies' rebuilding effort came Wednesday, injecting another young arm into the minor-league system and ensuring that a younger outfield takes the field this spring. Twelve days after acquiring a pair of young arms for Jimmy Rollins, the franchise's all-time hits leader, the Phillies shipped veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations to the Cincinnati Reds for righthanded pitching prospect Ben Lively. Lively, 22, projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
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January 1, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
These things never work out the way you think they will. Go back to Dec. 31, 2013. A fresh year in Philadelphia sports was about to begin, and at the time, you're thinking that while the Eagles may not be Super Bowl contenders yet under Chip Kelly, they certainly are collapse-proof under him. You're thinking that the Phillies will figure out, maybe before spring training ends, that trying to coax another competitive season out of their aging core...
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