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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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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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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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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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April 17, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - What you are about to read comes with the usual April warning. Eight games worth of at-bats is not nearly a big enough sample to make definite judgments on player performance. For example, a quarter of the Phillies games have featured Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer, two of the hardest throwing starters in the major leagues. So when we talk about Ryan Howard's performance against the fastball, it is important to keep that caveat in mind. Still, eight games are what we have at our disposal, and the fact is Howard has been abysmal against a pitch he used to destroy with regularity, a pitch whose obliteration used to make up for the flaws in his swing.
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April 17, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he will decide "a series at a time" whether Ryan Howard is in his lineup against lefthanded pitchers. The only two games the struggling first baseman has not started were against southpaws. As he did Friday against Washington's Gio Gonzalez, Darin Ruf started in Howard's place Wednesday against Mets lefthander Jonathon Niese. Rightfielder Jeff Francoeur occupied Howard's cleanup spot. In 27 at-bats entering the game, Howard had just four hits (.148)
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April 16, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The second game of the Phillies' first 2015 series against the Mets was billed as Matt Harvey's return to the Citi Field mound after a season-long absence. It featured plenty of the hard-throwing righthander, yet also much more. The Phillies, anemic offensively for much of the season's first week, slugged four home runs, two coming from a previously slumping Chase Utley. Three batters were hit. Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected. David Wright exited with a hamstring pull.
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April 16, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
RYAN HOWARD and Grady Sizemore were in the Phillies' lineup last night in New York, and Darin Ruf wasn't, and neither of those two occurrences should have surprised anybody who has watched the Phillies over the past year. Of all the changes the organization has undergone as it attempts to build for the future, one thing that has remained steadfast is its reluctance to give Ruf's power bat a regular spot in the lineup and see what it produces. From a certain vantage point, such reluctance is sensible.
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April 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Ben Revere managed to work the count full in all four of his plate appearances yesterday. "Working the pitcher, work his pitch count up," he said afterward. "If you can do that, that's good. I didn't use to do that, but I think you get more mature, older . . . Last year watching Bobby Abreu and how he does it, that helped me out. " But all Revere could do when his fourth and final lengthy at-bat against the Mets came to an end yesterday afternoon in Citi Field was stare out in disbelief.
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April 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The worst start to a season of Chase Utley's illustrious career continued Monday. The Phillies' longtime second baseman was hitless in three more at-bats and committed a costly eighth-inning fielding error. "It's just a matter of time with Chase," manager Ryne Sandberg said after the Phillies were shut out for the second time in seven games, this one a 2-0 loss to the New York Mets in their home opener at Citi Field. "I have no worries there. He gives quality at-bats. No worries there.
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April 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - A day after they were shut out for the second time in seven games, it doesn't figure to get any easier for the Phillies offense. They'll face Matt Harvey on Tuesday night. Harvey, the New York Mets' star righthander, will make his first start at Citi Field since undergoing Tommy John surgery that cost him all of last season. The 26-year-old pitched six shutout innings and struck out nine in his season debut Thursday against the Nationals. "I'm excited," Harvey said Monday before the series opener against the Phillies, a 2-0 Mets win. "Being home, it's a big series for us against the Phillies and then quite a big homestand.
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April 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - The infielders, training staff and manager all converged on the Citi Field mound with Aaron Harang in the fourth inning. Harang, who will celebrate his 37th birthday next month, turned awkwardly after a comebacker ricocheted off his glove. The veteran righthander, who had two starts scratched this spring because of back problems, continued to pitch and afterward said there was nothing to worry about. The minor health scare was a blip on the radar for Harang, who has been a bright spot in the first week of the season for the Phillies.
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April 14, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryan Howard dropped his helmet onto the field. He peeled off his batting gloves and peered into the dugout. That would be it. Howard's day was finished Sunday after striking out four times in a 4-3, 10-inning loss to Washington. The Phillies first baseman was unable to find a groove during the first week of the season. He has three hits in 20 at-bats. Howard has struck out seven times in the season's first six games. All four of Sunday's strikeouts ended innings. He left six runners stranded.
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April 14, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Here in the universe of the new Phillies normal, the first six games of the season at Citizens Bank Park were more than acceptable. You could even call them a success if you're willing to grade on a curve, which the Phillies and their manager seemed willing to do after Sunday's 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Washington Nationals. "I liked the fight in the guys," Sandberg said before his team boarded a bus to New York with a 3-3 record. "We had a chance to win all but opening day. That's a good sign.
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