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July 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two men sat in the Phillies dugout Friday afternoon and answered questions during separate sessions about the $125 million festering predicament. One protected his investment; the other stressed the overall betterment of the team. There are endless issues beyond Ryan Howard, but the contrasting messages offered insight to the challenges ahead. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. claimed Howard would be his first baseman in 2015, even as a source confirmed the Phillies have shopped Howard to American League teams without a taker.
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July 25, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
I FIND A CERTAIN discomfort in the rapidity with which we in the public sphere take to oiling our guillotines and polishing our dinnerware when confronted with the professional missteps of our fellow man. Not because we fail to consider the gravity of the action that we endorse, although that is often the case, but because we seem to desire ends that are more punitive than constructive. In leading lustful choruses of "Off with his head!" we not only drown out actions that might truly affect change, we also offer implicit endorsements of the structural integrity of the organizations we expect to heed our calls.
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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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July 28, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
After a low, growling storm rolled through South Philly on Wednesday evening, bringing a temporary halt to the game between the Phillies and Giants, the end of the rain delay and the resumption of play was punctuated but not affected by several nearby lightning strikes and the loudest thunder of the night - not to mention most of the rain. That didn't impress the umpiring crew enough to signal for another delay, however - getting the Phillies' season into the books as quickly as possible is everyone's desire at this point - but it did provide a couple of handy metaphors for what has taken place in Citizens Bank Park and elsewhere this year.
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July 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg deemed a meeting with Ryan Howard necessary after the first-year Phillies manager posted a lineup for the second straight day that reinforced Howard's status as the most expensive platoon player in baseball history. Sandberg explained to his $125 million first baseman why a career .328 hitter against Giants starter Tim Hudson, in 80 plate appearances, was again benched. Howard was not receptive to the idea. Howard, who answered questions about his new reality for 10 minutes Wednesday, declined to speak Thursday after a 2-1 win over San Francisco.
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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 23, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Let's say you are the general manager of a major league baseball team whose ownership group has delivered you a promise: Win a World Series within the next five seasons, and we'll sign you to a lifetime contract. It doesn't matter if you win the thing in Year 1 or Year 5; as long as you get them a ring, they'll give you a job for life. Question: Would you rather begin your quest as general manager of the Phillies, or as general manager of the Mets? For our purposes, your answer is irrelevant.
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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 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies won, 4-2, Sunday when Ryan Howard was out at home by 12 feet. He never touched the plate at Citizens Bank Park. He was safe because Miguel Montero did not adhere to Rule 7.13 - the Arizona catcher blocked the plate without the ball - and impeded Howard's path. Never mind that Howard did not run full speed around the bases while Marlon Byrd's lazy fly ball hung in the sky in the sixth inning. Howard said he watched third-base coach Pete Mackanin, who waved him home once Diamondbacks second baseman Didi Gregorius dropped the ball.
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July 29, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
WITH ANY LUCK, it will go down in history as the play that broke Rule 7.13 forever: Ryan Howard, out by 5 feet, with no shot at scoring, being awarded the go-ahead run. That's what happened in the bottom of the sixth at a Citizens Bank Park yesterday, thanks to Major League Baseball's interpretation and enforcement of the rule it instituted in the offseason in an attempt to prevent collisions at home plate. While the play is unlikely to have any big-picture ramifications for either of the teams involved - both the Diamondbacks and Phillies entered the day with the two worst run differentials in the National League - you can bet that there will be some serious conversations in the commissioner's office as Bud Selig and his fellow executives consider the possibility of a similar situation occurring in October.
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July 29, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
RYAN HOWARD wanted to know if you wanted to trade places with him, and your first reaction was a resounding hell yes, because when you look at Ryan Howard, you see the pea-sized diamonds piercing his ear, and the silver chain hanging from his neck, and the mansion with $80,000 worth of doorknobs rising above the rim of Tampa Bay. You see the flashbulbs and the headlines and the highlight reels and the 30,000 people sitting in a circle watching your...
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July 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The slog to 4 p.m. Thursday is unrelenting. With every game, there is another Phillies trade asset who dilutes his trade value. A.J. Burnett, a 37-year-old righthander who is not integral to this franchise's future, flailed through five innings of a 7-1 loss to the Mets and permitted seven runs Monday night. Ruben Amaro Jr. promised changes earlier this month, and now the general manager has less than three days until the deadline to enact said change. Such a movement appears rather difficult; the Phillies player with the best odds of landing elsewhere is lefthanded reliever Antonio Bastardo.
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July 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Five nights earlier, A.J. Burnett stood in the center of the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park and was asked if the eight shutout innings he just had thrown were likely his last in a Phillies uniform. Burnett politely declined to entertain such questions. He fancies himself as a team-first player and plays the part well, too. The fact is Burnett, like many a Phillies veteran players, has a contract that makes him difficult to trade. A little more than a month after his 37th birthday, Burnett signed a somewhat complicated contract that guaranteed him $22.5 million, but included the option to make as much as $12.75 million in 2016, too. Most contending teams prefer to deal for players with controllable or expiring contracts.
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July 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AND ON the third day, Ryan Howard rested. Again. After Howard was held out of the Phillies lineup in each of the two previous games against the San Francisco Giants, manager Ryne Sandberg kept the former MVP in the dugout again last night against lefthander Wade Miley and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Howard appeared to be a little more than unhappy on Thursday afternoon. But yesterday, he was a bit more upbeat as he walked out of the clubhouse before batting practice. The length of his stay out of the lineup is unknown, as Sandberg continues to say he writes out his lineup "on a day-to-day" basis.
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July 28, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
After a low, growling storm rolled through South Philly on Wednesday evening, bringing a temporary halt to the game between the Phillies and Giants, the end of the rain delay and the resumption of play was punctuated but not affected by several nearby lightning strikes and the loudest thunder of the night - not to mention most of the rain. That didn't impress the umpiring crew enough to signal for another delay, however - getting the Phillies' season into the books as quickly as possible is everyone's desire at this point - but it did provide a couple of handy metaphors for what has taken place in Citizens Bank Park and elsewhere this year.
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July 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Cliff Lee and Ryan Howard were back Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, but it's difficult to say what their returns during the Phillies' fall-from-far-ahead, 10-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks mean for their immediate futures. The bad bullpen is also back at the Bank. The Diamondbacks, after trailing by 6-2, won in 10 innings with Martin Prado hitting a sacrifice fly off Antonio Bastardo to score Ender Inciarte with the game-winning run. Nick Evans' pinch-hit, three-run homer gave Arizona a four-run cushion and provided the last of his team's eight unanswered runs.
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July 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two men sat in the Phillies dugout Friday afternoon and answered questions during separate sessions about the $125 million festering predicament. One protected his investment; the other stressed the overall betterment of the team. There are endless issues beyond Ryan Howard, but the contrasting messages offered insight to the challenges ahead. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. claimed Howard would be his first baseman in 2015, even as a source confirmed the Phillies have shopped Howard to American League teams without a taker.
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July 27, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies billed Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Christmas in July, and the person getting the perfect stocking stuffer was shortstop Jimmy Rollins. With his second plate appearance in the 9-5 Phillies win, Rollins guaranteed his $11 million option for 2015, so long as he is not on the disabled list at the end of the year. He now has 437 plate appearances after going 0 for 5. While Rollins reached a financial mark, a number of his teammates came up big in helping the Phillies earn their second consecutive win. Grady Sizemore led off the bottom of the first inning with a single to center field, his 1,000th career hit. Sizemore would add hits 1,001 and 1,002, both doubles.
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