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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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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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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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June 22, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, SPORTS COLUMNIST
The Phillies, in the midst of a monstrous freefall, have reached a crossroads in their 2016 season. They are at the corner of Patience and Prodding, a tricky place for a team filled with young players whom the franchise would like to see develop into winning ones. There is a big difference between sticking with youngsters who are struggling and doing nothing about a baseball team gone bad like the Phillies have over the last month. Pete Mackanin is doing what he can as the manager.
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June 20, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies have committed $24.5 million to players who will not play for them in 2017. Ryan Howard is due a $10 million buyout for his expensive option that will not be exercised. It will cost $1 million to buy out a mutual option on Charlie Morton and another $500,000 for Carlos Ruiz's buyout. Lefthander Matt Harrison is due another $13 million in 2017, much of which will be covered through insurance because of chronic back injuries that have reduced the chances of his ever throwing a pitch for the Phillies.
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June 19, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
General manager Matt Klentak says the Phillies have no plans to release Ryan Howard and are in no hurry to rush their top prospects through the system. He also updated injures and discussed the two Phillies pitchers suspended for performance-enhancing drugs in a wide-ranging interview with reporters before Friday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. Howard entered Friday batting .148 and has been replaced at first base by Tommy Joseph. Klentak says it hasn't been a distraction having Howard around.
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June 17, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AFTER THE INDIGNITY of Wednesday night, it's time to set the big man free. The punchless Phillies faced righthander Marco Estrada and the powerful Blue Jays. Ryan Howard, the Phillies' franchise first baseman for the last decade, was 4-for-11 with a homer and four RBI against Estrada. Tommy Joseph, the new starting first baseman, was 1-for-16 with six strikeouts in his previous four games, was hitting .230 against righthanders (vs. .400 against lefties, if that matters) and had started five games in a row. It was the perfect time for manager Pete Mackanin to rest the rookie.
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June 17, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
EDDIE ALVAREZ stood just outside the batting cage in jean shorts and a Phillies shirt with his name on the back. Maikel Franco was on his left, Ryan Howard on his right and Cameron Rupp just in front of him. Alvarez stood out like someone wearing an Aikman jersey in the old 700 level, except the only things being thrown at him were batting-practice pitches. Alvarez took BP with the Phillies on Wednesday and threw out the first pitch before the game against Toronto as part of a day of promotional stops for his upcoming UFC fight.
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June 16, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
TORONTO - Tuesday was Vince Velasquez's turn in the rotation, and he celebrated by playing catch before any fans entered Rogers Centre. That was an accomplishment, considering the panic Velasquez generated when he threw just two pitches last week. "I feel good," Velasquez said. That he progressed to a throwing program this soon continues to suggest the injury is not a serious one. It was diagnosed as a strained right biceps. The 24-year-old pitcher said team officials were treating him as if he were in a rotation, with a regular five-day schedule.
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June 15, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
The great mystery of the Ryan Howard Bottle Toss has been solved, according to police. Authorities announced Monday that Sidney Smith - a 21-year-old student at the University of Delaware - turned himself in to police last week and was cited for disorderly conduct for throwing an aluminum Bud Light Lime bottle toward the Phillies' struggling slugger on June 4 at Citizens Bank Park. Howard had just grounded out to end a 6-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers when Smith hurled the beer toward him, police said.
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June 12, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Before Tommy Joseph slugged two more homers Friday night in a 9-6 loss to the first-place Nationals, Pete Mackanin invited Ryan Howard into his office for yet another meeting between manager and his highest-paid player. The Howard melodrama has dragged because a formidable alternative to the erstwhile superstar did not exist. Previous exit strategies were abandoned. Howard's stature loomed. Until Joseph emerged. "I have to go with Tommy Joseph right now," Mackanin told Howard, and the deed was done.
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June 11, 2016
ISSUE | PHILLIES Boorish fan I was disgusted to learn that a fan at Saturday's Phillies game threw a beer bottle at Ryan Howard ("Beer bottle is thrown at Howard," Monday). I have been a Phillies fan since 1948, and the Phils have never had a first baseman who contributed more to the team and to the city than Howard. I hope the person who threw the bottle is identified and required to apologize to Howard in person for his cowardly behavior. |William Cooney, Philadelphia
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June 10, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The only good news to come from Wednesday's 8-1 drubbing, Pete Mackanin said, was that the Phillies will no longer have to face the Chicago Cubs this season. The Phillies have played the Cubs six times in the last two weeks. They lost five of those games and could have lost all six if it was not for a few heroics on Tuesday night. The six games provided a measuring stick for the Phillies against baseball's best team. "There is a pretty big gap," Mackanin said. ". . .We know where we're at and we know where we want to be. We would like to be like the Cubs.
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