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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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June 25, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The Maikel Franco Show at Yankee Stadium continued Tuesday night, albeit with half the hits and half the home runs as the night before. That hardly mattered, though, when the Phillies' hot-hitting rookie third baseman smoked a ninth-inning breaking ball down the third-base line. A night after launching two home runs and driving in five runs, Franco hit another and incredibly drove in five more. His ninth-inning double off the seldom-hit Dellin Betances drove in the go-ahead runs in the Phillies' 11-6 win over the New York Yankees.
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June 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The youngest player on the Phillies' roster did not seem fazed by his Yankee Stadium debut on Monday night. Not at all. Maikel Franco experienced the best game of his budding major-league career in the Phillies' 11-8 win over the New York Yankees. The 22-year-old third baseman launched two home runs and drove in five runs during his first career four-hit game. For the second consecutive game, the team set a season high in runs. Franco became the first Phillies rookie to drive in five runs in a game since Ryan Howard in August 2005.
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June 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - It is no secret that Chase Utley has struggled through the first 70-plus games of this season, and that his contract status for next year hinges on his reaching 500 plate appearances during this one. But despite the 36-year-old second baseman's sub-.200 average and the Phillies' rebuilding status, manager Ryne Sandberg said Utley's vesting option for 2016 will not factor into his decision-making with the team's lineup. Utley entered the series opener Monday night at Yankee Stadium hitting .182, the worst average among 164 qualified major-league hitters.
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June 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Three weeks from today, Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati will play host to the 86th annual All-Star Game. Every team in baseball must be represented in the game. Even the Phillies (25-47). The most deserving Phillies player? You could make a case for the kid whom a stunned Yankees fan dubbed "Superman" last night in the Bronx. Sure, he didn't even arrive in the big leagues until just over a month ago - Yasiel Puig was apparently guilty of not enough time played 2 years ago - but Maikel Franco already is undoubtedly the Phillies' best hitter and at least stands a very good chance of still being in the team's uniform in another 2 months, something you can't say too strongly about the other deserving candidates.
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June 22, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ben Revere ran to the warning track before stopping. The centerfielder had no choice but to watch the home run clear the fence and bounce into the bullpen in the sixth inning of the Phillies' 10-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. Aaron Harang, who started this season as a pleasant surprise, was unraveling again. Harang allowed four runs on seven hits, none bigger than Randal Grichuk's three-run homer in the sixth. Harang has a 10.65 ERA and opponents batted .272 against him in his last four starts.
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June 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The nameplate above Cole Hamels' locker stall at Citizens Bank Park was gone Thursday, as were the contents that typically hang inside it. Four hours earlier the Phillies ace had been scratched from his Friday start, and someone - perhaps even Hamels himself - was clever enough to jokingly spark brief speculation that the pitcher had been traded. After they ended a woeful nine-game losing streak, a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles lightened the mood in the Phillies clubhouse. For the first time in quite a while, music blared and players shared laughs as the clubhouse opened to the media.
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June 19, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies' best run output in eight games was still not enough to snap their skid. Their losing streak reached nine, the franchise's longest since 1999, with a 6-4 defeat Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park. Kevin Correia was charged with all six Baltimore runs, although only two were earned. Freddy Galvis' 10th fielding error of the season kick-started the Orioles' crucial four-run fourth inning. "I don't think he's a guy that should have 10 errors at this stage of the game," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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June 19, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE BOTTOM of the fourth inning started off promising. Maikel Franco singled and Ryan Howard followed with a double down the rightfield line. But then Domonic Brown was caught looking at a (high) called third strike. Cameron Rupp went down swinging at strike three. Cody Asche stared at strike three. The trio of strikeouts brought boos to Citizens Bank Park, but since a large percent of the park's population was made up of fans adorned in orange, the boos weren't overpowering.
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June 19, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THESE DAYS, Jonathan Papelbon doesn't get too many save opportunities. However, when handed one yesterday for the first time since June 7, the controversial closer made no mistake in setting down the Orioles in order to salvage the first Phillies win since that Sunday more than a week ago. And he looked as sharp as ever, getting his first two hitters to make outs to first baseman Ryan Howard before striking out Manny Machado to end the game and...
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June 19, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IT WAS about this time last year when Aaron Jersild first got a chance to see the sweet-swinging high school junior from Georgia. Jersild, a former Clemson pitcher and the Phillies' area scout in Georgia, watched Cornelius Randolph, a lefthanded-hitting shortstop from Griffin High who had committed to Clemson, and filed a glowing report. "He was an unusually polished high school hitter, and you just don't see that every day with what we do," Jersild said yesterday at Citizens Bank Park.
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