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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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November 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Ryan Howard's twin brother sued him for $2.8 million; before his father, who helped manage the Phillies slugger's money, allegedly requested a $10 million separation payment; before Howard claimed his parents and brothers conspired to defraud him, Howard planned a mansion with eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The sprawling Florida home was a place for the family - especially Corey, Ryan's look-alike confidant who moved from St. Louis to Philadelphia in 2008 to live with Ryan.
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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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January 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS was introduced as a Dodger last week and Marlon Byrd will report to camp with the Reds, not the Phillies, when spring training begins next month. Subtracting one-fourth of the regular lineup is a start, but it's difficult to label the Phillies' rebuilding efforts this winter as anything more than minor until the biggest hurdle toward fixing the future is cleared. Ryan Howard remains a Philadelphia Phillie. The front office would like to change that fact within the next 6 weeks.
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May 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - It's nearly Memorial Day weekend, meaning most major league teams are beginning to take stock of themselves more than a quarter of the way through the season. The Phillies' brass has been honest with its own club since around Halloween, though. It's a rebuilding team that has been eager to sell off veteran parts. With the trade deadline a little more than two months away, the front office's efforts to move the remaining parts will reach a fever pitch soon. The Phillies will be baseball's most aggressive seller, and contending teams could do a lot worse than adding a Cole Hamels, Aaron Harang or Jonathan Papelbon to their pitching stable in hopes of a postseason run. And then there's the case of Ryan Howard, the once-immovable big piece.
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May 22, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - Ryan Howard dropped his bat and watched for a moment as his eighth home run of the season traveled toward the center-field seats at Coors Field. An estimated 448-foot homer highlighted a big night for the Phillies' 35-year-old first baseman. Three hits in the Phillies' 4-2 win against the Colorado Rockies increased Howard's season batting average to .257. His .507 slugging percentage through the team's first 42 games is 127 points higher than the clip he recorded last season.
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May 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - Ryan Howard couldn't hold on to a high throw from third baseman Maikel Franco, and it led to the Colorado Rockies' scoring three runs in the first inning of Tuesday night's game at Coors Field. But Aaron Harang was unbowed, unbent and unbroken. The 37-year-old righthander continued his startling start to the season, following a first inning that saw three unearned runs come across the plate by tossing five zeros on the home half of the scoreboard in the next five.
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May 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - Justin De Fratus turned around and watched as the ball traveled toward the wall in left-center at Coors Field. His two-strike, two-out pitch in the eighth inning quickly became Nick Hundley's third home run, and the Phillies trailed again. They could not battle back from their third deficit of the night. A 6-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies snapped the Phillies season-high winning streak at six games Tuesday night. "A pitch I was trying to get in the dirt," De Fratus said.
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May 19, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco sped around the bases Sunday afternoon before slowing to a crawl as he approached home plate at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies rookie's first home run had sailed over the left-field fence to punctuate a 6-0 win over Arizona. It was a moment to savor. The third baseman blessed himself and pointed to the sky as his cleat toed the plate. He said it felt great - something, Franco said, he wants to continue. Manager Ryne Sandberg said it was good for Franco to get the homer out of the way. The win was the Phillies' fifth straight, their longest winning streak since July.
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May 18, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Freddy Galvis hopped out of the dugout and stood on the warning-track dirt in the fifth inning of a 7-5 win over Arizona on Saturday night. Galvis waved his arms above his head, seeking the attention of Carlos Ruiz, who stood on second after an RBI double. Ruiz looked his way. Galvis put his hands to his head and wagged his fingers. Ruiz did the same. The Phillies scored three times in the fifth on the way to tying their highest run total of the season. The victory gave the team its first four-game winning streak since Aug. 24-27 of last season.
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May 17, 2015
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg met on Friday afternoon with Chase Utley. It was a good talk, Sandberg said. Utley understood, the manager said, why Sandberg moved him to the sixth spot in Friday's lineup against Arizona. "It doesn't have to be a complete negative subject or topic to talk about," Sandberg said. Utley entered Friday with a major-league low .118 batting average. He had batted third this season in 28 of his 29 starts. Utley, 36, last batted sixth on June 30, 2005. Grady Sizemore, who replaced Utley in the third spot, had not batted third since June 12, 2011.
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May 17, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE KNOCK on the door of his Rochester, N.Y., hotel room came at five minutes after 7 in the morning yesterday. "I was thinking, 'Who is this at this time?'" Maikel Franco said. It was Dave Brundage, manager of the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. "It was a little early, especially for me," the 22-year-old Franco said, who sleeps in . . . every day. "Around 11, 11:30 a.m. " But the power-hitting third baseman was delighted to see his manager. Brundage was there to inform him he was being summoned to Philadelphia.
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May 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco's Friday began much earlier than usual when shortly after 7 a.m. he heard a knock on his door at the Rochester Plaza Hotel. It was triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage, there to deliver the news that the third baseman was headed to Philadelphia. It was early for the 22-year-old Franco, who said he typically wakes up at about 11 a.m. "It's good," he said hours later, seated in the Phillies' dugout at Citizens Bank Park. "I'll take that. " By the end of his day, Franco had in the books his first game as the Phillies' everyday third baseman.
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May 16, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Harang has taken his career renaissance to a new level through eight starts with the Phillies. Although he is donning his seventh big-league uniform in the last 25 months, the journeyman righthander might pitch his way elsewhere between now and the July 31 trade deadline. Eight shutout innings from Harang on Thursday in the Phillies' 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park further bolstered his impressive start to the year. It could soon reach a point where a team in need of pitching targets the veteran and what remains of his one-year, $5 million contract for a rotation reinforcement.
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