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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 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seattle Mariners righthander Hisashi Iwakuma is an example of a pitcher who prospers by grudgingly giving out free passes. He entered the game against the Phillies Tuesday night leading baseball in fewest walks per nine innings with 0.777. His counterpart, Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett, took the mound leading MLB with 72 walks, an average of nearly four per nine innings. Although Burnett, 37, turned in a solid performance before running out of gas in the eighth inning, he couldn't keep pace with Iwakuma.
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August 21, 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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August 19, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - The first Little League World Series game played by a team from Philadelphia started early enough out west that the city's major league team got an opportunity to see what the buzz was all about. "I saw the last couple of innings," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said of Friday afternoon's game in Williamsport. "Pretty awesome," general manager and Philadelphia native Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Amaro said the Phillies' organization is particularly beaming with pride because many of the Little League Taney Dragons, including star pitcher Mo'ne Davis, are products of the team's RBI program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities)
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August 19, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - With two on and two out in the second inning, Giants eight-hole hitter Brandon Crawford hit a ball in the hole between first and second base. Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard made a diving effort, but the ball found the outfield grass. Pitcher David Buchanan initially broke to first base to cover if Howard got to the ball, and then didn't have enough time to back track and back up third base. Marlon Byrd's throw to third bounced away from Cody Asche and out of play.
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August 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Kyle Kendrick's cutter jammed Pablo Sandoval in the sixth inning, and the ball hovered over the infield Saturday at AT&T Park. The Phillies converged for a tableau of the franchise's current disrepair. "You got it," Chase Utley yelled at Ryan Howard. The first baseman heard, "Got it," and assumed Utley would catch it. The ball plopped on the grass between them. Utley, who had time to set and throw to second for an out, instead rushed one of his trademark backhanded flips from 50 feet.
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August 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Darin Ruf reached base five times in two days, his first consecutive starts in more than two weeks. But when manager Ryne Sandberg posted his lineup Wednesday, Ruf was absent. Sandberg said the Phillies, 131/2 games back and on pace for 71 victories, must prioritize winning. Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver is tougher against righthanders, so Sandberg opted to bench Ruf. The Phillies lost, 4-3, when A.J. Burnett imploded in the sixth inning. Ruf, a 28-year-old first baseman, is no longer young, but 106 major-league games make him a relative unknown.
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August 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - When the Phillies called Jerome Williams Sunday to tell him he would start Tuesday at Angels Stadium, the 31-year-old pitcher missed the call. It was his son Tai's fifth birthday; the Williams family visited a water park near Dallas to celebrate. He threw 60 pitches to complete five scoreless innings against Los Angeles, which entered Tuesday with the second-best record in baseball. Kole Calhoun bashed Williams' 63d pitch for a solo homer, and Ryne Sandberg came with the hook in the sixth inning after the 72d pitch.
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August 14, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ANAHEIM - A half dozen Phillies players gathered in the far corner of the visiting dugout at Angels Stadium yesterday afternoon. Two - A.J. Burnett and Jake Diekman - poured buckets of ice water over their heads as a part of an ALS awareness and fundraising effort. Twenty years ago, there wasn't a player to be found in a ballpark. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the start of the 1994 players' strike. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, then playing for the Cubs, temporarily called it a career that summer, while former Phillies pitcher and current broadcaster Larry Andersen wouldn't throw another pitch in the big leagues after the strike.
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August 13, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryan Howard's struggles this season have been well-documented, but the Phillies first baseman had a bounce-back homestand after a road trip when he went 1 for 25. Howard had four game-winning hits in the seven-game homestand. He also batted .266 (8 for 30) with two home runs and six RBIs. Howard is batting .219 with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs this season. "You hit the ball and can't control what happens once it comes off the bat," Howard said Monday after a 5-3 loss to the New York Mets.
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August 13, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Monday morning, the Taney Dragons boarded a bus to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. The Mid-Atlantic Regional champions from Center City have gained quite a few notable fans for the tournament, which begins Thursday. Taney will play its first game in the 16-team World Series against Southeast Regional champion South Nashville (Tenn.) on Friday at 3 p.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Among the new supporters are the Phillies. First baseman Ryan Howard said he hopes the Dragons seize the opportunity.
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