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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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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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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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October 16, 2008 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Professional at-bats, Charlie Manuel likes to call them. Ryan Howard kept getting them last night. Three singles, all to right field, an early run and RBI, followed by a professional walk. That postseason slump? That headline on Philly.com? The one that said, "Howard's vanishing act. " Take it off the Web site. On the night the Phillies punched their ticket to the 2008 World Series, Howard had himself some professional at-bats. Like the one in the third inning when the Phillies got a little cushion.
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October 28, 2009 | by Michael Radano
Position: First base Height, weight: 6-4, 260 Age: 29. Birthdate: Nov. 19, 1979 Hometown: St. Louis Years pro: 5 How acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2001 amateur draft. This year: Howard is again in the middle of the National League MVP race after he hit .279 with 45 home runs and 141 RBI in the regular season. Even when he struggles to hit for average - he's a career .279 hitter - Howard has the ability to carry a team with his production numbers.
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August 27, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
THE STRUGGLES of the Phillies' bullpen have been well-documented. The team's relief pitchers, ranked third in runs allowed in the major leagues, were given yet another chance to escort the Phils to victory last night against the New York Mets, as righthanded starter Jerome Williams bowed out in the sixth inning with a one-run lead. Williams left righthanded reliever Jeanmar Gomez in quite the precarious situation, with one out and runners on first and third. Initially, Gomez looked up for the challenge, retiring his first batter, Wilmer Flores, but then walked Michael Conforto to load the bases . A single pitch away from ending the inning, Gomez walked Travis d'Arnaud on a 3-2 count to allow the tying run. Michael Cuddyer, who was pinch-hitting for Mets starter Noah Syndergaard (8-6)
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August 26, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Mets players hopped off the visiting dugout benches Monday night and assembled at the bottom of the steps that lead to the playing field. The Phillies had yielded yet another home run. It was time for another celebration. Daniel Murphy's two-run homer was New York's seventh of the night as they outslugged the Phillies, 16-7. The Phillies' early five-run lead was washed away as Murphy touched home plate, pointed to the sky, and jogged to meet his waiting teammates. The routine had become, well, routine.
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August 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ABOUT EIGHT YEARS ago, just before the underachieving Cincinnati Reds took the field for what was likely one of their many forgettable games in a lost season, Pete Mackanin approached veterans Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn before the national anthem. Mackanin, 55 at the time and in his second stint as an interim manager in three seasons, addressed the 37-year-old Griffey and put on a serious face. "I know how you like wearing your hat backwards, but that's not happening anymore while I'm here and I'm going to fine you each time you're wearing it like that," Mackanin said.
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August 26, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
CHANTS OF "Let's go, Mets!" were practically drowning out the vocal efforts of Phillies fans as Adam Morgan faced the centerfield wall, hands on his hips, after allowing a fourth consecutive hit to start the fourth inning last night. Through his first three innings, Morgan had arguably thrown just two poorly placed pitches, which resulted in solo home runs by New York third baseman David Wright, in his first at-bat since April 14, and centerfielder Juan Lagares. But Morgan's issues came to a head in the fateful fourth frame as Wilmer Flores blasted a two-run homer to score Wright, who reached on a single.
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August 25, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - For the second straight day, third time in four games in Miami, and fifth time in the last six games, Ryan Howard was held out of the starting lineup yesterday. Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins are gone. Chase Utley was traded away, too, last week. Of the 2008 World Series roster, only Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz remain. Ruiz has been splitting time as the starting catcher with Cameron Rupp for the last three months. In the last week Howard has started just once as the rebuilding Phillies go full bore with their youth movement.
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August 23, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - The 12th pitch Jerad Eickhoff delivered in his major league debut - a 92-mph fastball he spotted on the outside of the plate - was ripped back his way by Marlins cleanup hitter Justin Bour. The one-hopper deflected off Eickhoff's pitching hand and toward third baseman Andres Blanco. Pitching coach Bob McClure and the Phillies training staff made their way to the mound, where the rookie righthander's hand was examined before he attempted to throw a couple of warmup pitches.
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August 21, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A FOUR-RUN Phillies lead had just been cut in half as Andres Blanco dug a foot into the left side of the batter's box to begin the home half of the fifth inning last night. A single voice rose above the din of the crowd, militant at first but increasingly sad as his plea repeated. "We want Utley," he bellowed. "We . . . want . . . Utley. " Six pitches later, Blanco planted a 3-2 pitch from Toronto reliever Bo Schultz into the rightfield seats, extending the Phillies' lead to 5-2. The crowd roared.
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August 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
One last time, Chase Utley emerged on the field and walked through the handshake line with his teammates after a 7-4 victory over Toronto. When it ended and he approached the steps leading to the tunnel, the Phillies icon offered a casual tip of the cap to the fans gathered behind the dugout at Citizens Bank Park. This was the final act of a storied Phillies career. Late Wednesday, the rebuilding team finalized a trade to send Utley, one of the city's most beloved athletes, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and minor-league righthander John Richy.
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August 21, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS the eve of Independence Day and the Phillies were in Atlanta, but the season was already over. Nobody told Chase Utley. The manager, Ryne Sandberg, had quit on the team. Cole Hamels was pitching like a man resigned to another summer in purgatory. Ut? He was in the hallway between the visitors' clubhouse and the tunnel to the dugout, sitting at a table filled with video monitors. Alone, he watched himself hit, clip after clip after clip, an hour before the Phillies took batting practice.
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August 19, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The essential parts of the Phillies' demolition will be complete soon. All that is left is for Chase Utley to make up his mind about where he wants to finish this season. It would be both mind-boggling and debilitating for the Phillies if he did not soon select one of the attractive options that reportedly are in front of him. You want to go back to your childhood home in Southern California? That can be done. You want to go to your current winter home in San Francisco? Also possible.
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