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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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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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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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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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January 7, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ryan Howard has filed a lawsuit against Al Jazeera network, according to a statement released by the Phillies first baseman. "Today I authorized my attorneys to file suit against Al Jazeera and its reporters," Howard said. "Their irresponsible reporting forced me to take this action to protect my name and to fight back against the spreading of these lies. I will have no further comment as the filing itself contains all I need to say. " The defamation suit was filed Tuesday in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. Al Jazeera is being sued by Howard for a report it ran last month that connected the first baseman and other professional athletes to the performance-enhancing substance Delta 2. The suit also names the two reporters involved.
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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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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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May 23, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
For the second time this season, the Phillies were stymied by the Atlanta Braves' Williams Perez, who gave himself the best of birthday presents. Pitching on his 25th birthday, the righthander limited the Phillies to two hits for the second time this season as the Braves earned a 2-0 win on a cold, rainy Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, where the infield looked like a quagmire by game's end. "It was ugly weather and an ugly game," manager Pete Mackanin said. Perez (2-1) pitched 61/3 shutout innings, striking out four and walking one. In his previous appearance this season against the Phillies, on May 11 in Atlanta, Perez allowed one run on just two hits over eight innings in a 5-1 win. "He was throwing the ball down and away and threw a pretty good change-up, too," said shortstop Freddy Galvis, who was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
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May 23, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin insists he hasn't given up on platooning Ryan Howard, but it appears the struggling first baseman will be getting the day off Sunday, even though the Atlanta Braves will be starting a righthander. Howard's batting average plummeted to .161 after he struck out twice in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He has only 15 plate appearances this year against lefthanders, against whom he is hitting .143. Mackanin pinch-hit Tommy Joseph for Howard when the Braves brought in lefthander Ian Krol in the seventh inning.
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May 22, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Tyler Goeddel leaped against the wall in left field, but he never had a chance. The home run - the second yielded by Aaron Nola on an uncharacteristic Friday night - landed in the first row of the stands at Citizens Bank Park and a 7-1 loss to Atlanta was all but sealed. The two-run home run by Nick Markakis in the seventh inning marked just the fourth time in 43 starts that Nola has allowed more than one homer in a game. Both of the pitches were four-seam fastballs that tailed over the heart of the plate.
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May 20, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Go ahead, try. Try to explain how the Phillies, now one quarter into this season, are on the verge of first place, just a half-game behind. Try to understand how just about every win follows the same formula, the familiar late-inning drama powered by proficient pitching and well-timed hitting. The Phillies beat the Miami Marlins, 4-2, Wednesday without their best hitter. They fielded an outfield that had combined for zero home runs and batted a bench player third. The manager's strategy when he assembles his lineup is "Why not?"
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May 19, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Three hours before the Phillies beat the Marlins, 3-1, on Tuesday night, Pete Mackanin leaned back in his leather chair. The manager assembled a lineup for the 40th time this season, and inside his Citizens Bank Park office, he abandoned logic. Mackanin anointed Tommy Joseph, a veteran of two major-league games, as his cleanup hitter. "Why not?" Mackanin said. So there was Joseph, attacking a 91-mph fastball. The 24-year-old first baseman blasted a laser that smacked the netting of the left-field foul pole for a solo homer in the second inning.
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May 13, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - The worst offense in baseball studied the opposing starter, Jerad Eickhoff, and sought to exploit his most glaring weakness. Righthanders batted .180 against the young Phillies pitcher. Lefties were a robust .312. So Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, limited by an unthinkably inept lineup, stacked his batting order with six lefthanded hitters - some of them old, others young, most slumping. In a 5-1 Phillies loss Wednesday night, that collection of hitters gashed Eickhoff, who looked adrift for much of the night.
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May 12, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
BALTIMORE - A year ago, former Phillies reliever Ryan Madson was one of the feel-good stories in baseball, returning after a three-year absence because of injuries to be a major contributor for a World Series champion in Kansas City. Madson parlayed that performance into a three-year, $22 million contract with the Oakland A's, where he looks every bit as effective as when he was closing in his final season with the Phillies in 2011. Entering Tuesday's action, the 35-year-old Madson was 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 14 appearances.
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May 12, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - The Phillies did not have grand visions for a first-base platoon between Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf. But they expected more production than what the first 32 games generated. No team's first basemen had fewer wins above replacement, as measured by Baseball-Reference, than the Phillies' minus-1.3 entering Tuesday. The .627 OPS by Phillies first basemen ranked 25th in baseball. The play - both offensively and defensively - has been lackluster. That could prompt a change.
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May 9, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - With every foul ball, Andres Blanco muttered to himself. Blanco does not play often, and he savors his time in the batter's box. In the eighth inning of a 4-3 Phillies comeback win over the Marlins on Saturday night, the bench player bore the weight of an inept offense. "That's the only chance you have," Blanco said. "What can I say to myself? Don't give up. Just hit it. Put the ball in play. I keep talking to myself. All the time. I'm an angry guy. " He laughed, but with every foul ball, Blanco revived the Phillies.
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