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August 27, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
If you put together a pie chart that divvied up the percentage of blame for this hideous Phillies season, you'd have to find a share for Ryne Sandberg. As the losses have mounted, the grumbling about the manager has grown larger and louder inside and outside the clubhouse. "That's just a normal reaction," said Larry Bowa, the manager's bench coach and close friend. How much blame you want to pin on Sandberg is all a matter of opinion. You could argue that he leaves his starters in too long at times or that he has let lefthanded relievers Mario Hollands and Jake Diekman face too many righthanded hitters.
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August 22, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
IT ALL COMES back to the first baseman. As vehemently as Ruben Amaro Jr. shot down reports that the Phillies had discussed releasing Ryan Howard in the offseason, the organization's immediate and long-term futures are very much tied to their decision-making with regard to their $25 million-a-year slugger. Since his 3-day benching in late July, Howard is hitting just .202/.298/.348 with three home runs and 29 strikeouts in 89 at-bats. With every fastball that he sends to the warning track in leftfield, it becomes increasingly clear that addition by subtraction is something the Phillies will have to seriously contemplate this offseason.
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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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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 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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September 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Baseball is a game of timeless, repeating patterns, which is part of its charm. A fan from 100 years ago would still recognize the choreography of a double play and still know how well a ball has been hit by listening to the sound of the bat. He would wonder why the game takes so long, but otherwise, baseball is baseball. Ryan Howard, as he endures the downside of a great career, is repeating another pattern that he went through a decade ago from the other side of the looking glass.
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September 1, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
 NEW YORK - It was a day of individual milestones overshadowed by a familiar conclusion for the Phillies, one delivered this time by a sub-.200-hitting catcher. Anthony Recker's towering three-run homer to left field in the sixth inning propelled the New York Mets to a 6-5 win Sunday at Citi Field.  Thus the season or career milestones reached by A.J. Burnett, Ben Revere, and Jimmy Rollins were marred by another day of failing to deliver in the clutch. The Phillies left 10 runners on base.
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September 1, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The Phillies traded outfielder-first baseman John Mayberry Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday for minor-league third baseman Gustavo Pierre. All players traded by Sunday are eligible for the postseason. Mayberry has been on the disabled list since July 22 because of inflammation in his left wrist. He appeared in nine rehab games for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Mayberry, 30, is a former first-round draft choice of the Texas Rangers. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in November 2008 for Greg Golson.
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September 1, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For the 16th time this season, Ryne Sandberg assembled a lineup designed last winter to keep the Phillies competitive. No team in baseball has employed the same batting order as many times as Sandberg's familiar combination. That unit, after a 7-2 singles-fueled win over the Mets on Saturday, is 5-11. "You look at our lineup on paper, and it's a great lineup," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "For some reason, some years it just doesn't click. You get two guys hitting and the rest aren't hitting, or you get the rest of the guys hot and it's split up too much in the lineup.
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September 1, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a month later, 35 words spoken on July 23 by Ryne Sandberg have gained significance. They now offer insight into the strategy of a desperate front office and the dynamics of an unusual relationship between a team's executives and its manager. That day, Sandberg benched Ryan Howard for Darin Ruf, and explained his plan. "I know what he can do," Sandberg said of Howard. "I've seen him for 100 games. I know what he can do. I think it's important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward.
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August 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOURTEEN YEARS ago, the Phillies entered the final month of the season 20 games under .500. As most non-contending teams are prone to do, the 2000 Phillies called up a top prospect that month in order to give him a look in the major leagues. Twenty-one-year-old Jimmy Rollins hit .321 in 14 games that September. Four years later, the Phillies were 12 1/2 games out of the National League East when they summoned power-hitting first baseman Ryan Howard to the big leagues for the first time.
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August 27, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
If you put together a pie chart that divvied up the percentage of blame for this hideous Phillies season, you'd have to find a share for Ryne Sandberg. As the losses have mounted, the grumbling about the manager has grown larger and louder inside and outside the clubhouse. "That's just a normal reaction," said Larry Bowa, the manager's bench coach and close friend. How much blame you want to pin on Sandberg is all a matter of opinion. You could argue that he leaves his starters in too long at times or that he has let lefthanded relievers Mario Hollands and Jake Diekman face too many righthanded hitters.
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August 24, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Initially, it looked like the same old story, with Kyle Kendrick once again having the first-inning blues, but the Phillies righthander showed some true fight. There couldn't have been many believers at Citizens Bank Park when Kendrick allowed three runs before his teammates got to face one of the best pitchers in baseball. Yet Kendrick showed some grit while St. Louis Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright scuffled uncharacteristically through six laborious innings. The Cardinals ace couldn't hold the lead while Kendrick regrouped during the Phillies' 5-4 win on Friday.
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August 23, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Ryan Howard arrived in Williamsport on Thursday morning, flying into the quaint Central Pennsylvania town on a private plane. The Phillies first baseman spent the early part of the day at the Little League World Series, meeting each of the tournament's 16 teams. And one of the tournaments players - Taney slugger Zion Spearman - issued Howard a challenge. "He challenged me to a home run derby," Howard said. "I had to stand my ground on him a little bit. " Howard asked North Philadelphia's Spearman if he wanted to have the contest at Citizens Bank Park or a Little League field.
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August 22, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AS THE Philadelphia region prepared itself for the main event of the day's sporting schedule, a Little League game played out during a long inning at Citizens Bank Park on yesterday afternoon. And not of the high-caliber kind that's being played this week in Williamsport. More of the endless, error-filled brand of ball found at your local recreation league fields each weekend in the spring. The fourth inning of a matinee between the Phillies and Seattle Mariners featured a wild pitch, a passed ball, two errors, Cole Hamels' pitch count nearing 90, and one baserunner caught between third and home when his teammate missed a bunt sign.
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