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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 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 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 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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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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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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August 23, 2016 | By A.J. Thomson
HE POINTS HIS BAT at the pitcher and says bring it - bring that weak stuff. This will be the indelible image of Ryan Howard in my mind, the mind of all of us here in Philadelphia who live and die with the Phils, or even those who chased that bandwagon and jumped on during the magical run. Such bad-assedness from a player was something that we hadn't seen here in the land of 10,000 losses in a long time, maybe never. With the extended bat pointed at the hurler, Howard readied to take all of Philadelphia's eyes on a magical arc to Ashburn Alley, the upper deck, or maybe to deep leftfield.
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August 22, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The successful month of August for Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard continued with the news on Friday that Major League Baseball found no violations during a seven-month investigation into a report that linked Howard and other athletes to performance-enhancing drugs. The athletes, including Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, were the subject of the Al Jazeera documentary The Dark Side, with the statements made about Howard and Zimmerman coming from Indiana pharmacist Charles Sly. Major League Baseball released this statement: "This thorough investigation did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard or Zimmerman.
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August 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
When the season started, Tommy Joseph was a converted catcher hanging onto a roster spot at triple A and Ryan Howard an aging slugger playing to the end of his massive contract. They are an imperfect combination. But, for the last six weeks, they have formed the most productive first baseman in baseball. It is a small sample size, although it is one that could at least provide a road map for 2017. Since July 1, Joseph and Howard have crushed 16 homers, which is more than seven teams have received from their first basemen all season.
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August 21, 2016
The Phillies will almost certainly need another IronPigs pitcher to fit into the rotation before the season is over and that pitcher could be Phil Klein. The righthander - who made a spot start for the Phillies on Aug. 3 - struck out 11 batters last Sunday over eight shutout innings. It was Klein's second straight start with 10 or more strikeouts. He has a 1.69 ERA in his five starts at triple A. The Phillies claimed him off waivers in June. . . . Brock Stassi entered Friday batting .262 with a .365 on-base percentage.
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August 20, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
In a week, Maikel Franco will turn 24. He has logged 211 games in the majors and, while the expectations of him as a lineup cornerstone have not diminished, the Phillies third baseman has existed in a frustrating state for much of this season. His helmet flies on wild swings and misses. He has reached base at a clip below the league average. He is susceptible to defensive lapses. But Franco can change the game with one prodigious swing, as he did Thursday in the seventh inning of a 5-4 win over Los Angeles at Citizens Bank Park.
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August 16, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Adam Morgan returned to triple A last month as a pitcher who appeared to be losing his footing with the Phillies. He was being shuffled between the team's starting rotation and the bullpen. The lefthander lacked an identity, which he may have rediscovered in the minor leagues. Morgan excelled with the IronPigs, registering a 2.75 ERA in five outings before rejoining the Phillies on Sunday. But the game did not quite grant him the chance to showcase his growth, as he left the game in the fourth inning after being hit on the left arm by a line drive.
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August 16, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
PLACIDO POLANCO retired Sunday as a Phillie. It shouldn't be the last time we hear from him. Polanco always played in the shadow of bigger names - Jim Thome, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Cole Hamels, Billy Wagner, Roy Halladay - but he belonged with them. He should be remembered as a hard-nosed Phillie with deep connections to the four hardest-nosed Phillies to play for the franchise in the past 20 years: Scott Rolen, Chase Utley, Thome and Carlos Ruiz. Polanco came to Philadelphia in 2002 and turned out to be the most valuable piece in the deadline deal that sent Rolen to the Cardinals.
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August 16, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jimmy Paredes has been the most obscure Phillies player since joining the team on June 1. The outfielder rarely played. And when he did, it was not memorable. That changed on Sunday in a 7-6 win over Colorado. Paredes started his morning in the team's hot tub, hoping to warm up on a day that would reach 95 degrees at first pitch. It was the hottest game at Citizens Bank Park since 2013. Paredes said he arrived at the ballpark with a chill because of the strong air conditioner at his home.
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August 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies traded Jim Thome after the 2005 season, but Charlie Manuel said the team should have given him a World Series ring in 2008. That is how much, Manuel said, Thome helped mold the corps of that championship team. Thome, who was inducted into the team's wall of fame on Friday night, meant more to the franchise than just his 101 homers. He is the shortest tenured player to reach the Wall of Fame, but Thome will be remembered for making the Phillies immediate contenders when he signed before the 2003 season and for laying the foundation for the 2008 team.
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August 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Ryan Howard dropped his bat, stood at home plate and watched. He watched his grand slam rocket over the right-center-field wall, watched it crash into Citizens Bank Park's visiting bullpen, and watched it trigger a 10-6 win over the Colorado Rockies. The watch was vintage Howard. And his recent run may be enough for Howard to find himself playing for a contender for the final stretch of the season. The grand slam - Howard's 14th of his career - is the first baseman's seventh homer in his last 27 games.
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