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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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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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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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September 20, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
For seven innings, the rebuilding Phillies accumulated good faith in front of a small Sunday crowd at Citizens Bank Park as they neared a three-game sweep. They clobbered home runs and survived a mediocre outing by Alec Asher. Then, in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss to Miami, the Phillies collapsed on one another to form a pile of bad baseball. Their best reliever, Hector Neris, permitted a game-tying home run when he was asked to record four outs in his 74th appearance. Their haphazard second baseman, Cesar Hernandez, bumped into Tommy Joseph near first base while both attempted to catch a routine pop-up.
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September 20, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies had intended to use this weekend as the beginning of a farewell for Ryan Howard, whose time with the only franchise he's ever known had dwindled to mere weeks. Instead, Howard had his bothersome left knee drained Sunday. The team believes Howard can play again this season, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said, and they are hopeful he is healthy enough to return by Tuesday. The Phillies are off Monday; they have five remaining games at Citizens Bank Park that bookend a seven-game road trip.
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September 19, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
For months, in batting cages across the country, Steve Henderson has preached to his Phillies hitters. Hunt the fastball, the hitting coach said. A hitter is not established in the majors until he can handle a fastball, and the Phillies are full of unestablished hitters. They clobbered five hits Saturday in the five-run first inning of a 8-0 romp over Miami at Citizens Bank Park. All five of the hits were on Jose Urena fastballs. Cesar Hernandez singled. Odubel Herrera doubled. Tommy Joseph singled.
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September 19, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
A little more than a year ago, Ryan Howard's left knee was so swollen that he required a trip to the emergency room to drain the fluid from it. There were no immediate indications that Howard's current knee injury, which forced the Phillies to remove him from the lineup two hours before first pitch Saturday night, is as serious. But given the first baseman's history with knee problems, it could be a problem that lingers over the season's final two weeks. The Phillies had planned to play Howard all weekend, plus the final weekend of the season, a chance for the home fans at Citizens Bank Park to bid him farewell.
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September 18, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
With nothing to play for but good old fashioned pride, the Phillies dealt a blow to a team that is still playing somewhat meaningful baseball. Jimmy Paredes' RBI single over a drawn-in infield with one out in the 13th inning provided the Phillies with a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Besides wiping out the sour taste of Thursday's 15-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies also hurt the Marlins' ever slimmer postseason chances. Miami began the day four games out of the second wild-card spot.
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September 17, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin filled out his lineup card before Thursday night's 15-2 loss to Pittsburgh and left off the name of Ryan Howard. But that will change on Friday. The majority of the playing time over the season's final 15 games will belong to Howard as the team bids farewell to the last remaining player from the 2008 World Series champions. It is a change of tone from earlier this month when Mackanin said he would cut back on Howard's playing time to get a better look at Tommy Joseph.
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September 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Monday marked four weeks since Aaron Nola had been injected with platelet-rich plasma in his right elbow, and he celebrated by seeing a Phillies team doctor. Nola will not pitch again this season, but the Phillies want him to eventually restart a throwing program so they can ascertain whether a non-surgical plan will work. There is no date for Nola to pick up a baseball again. Nola said the team will go week to week in deciding his status. "It feels good," Nola said Tuesday. "No pain like there was before, which is nice.
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September 14, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
More than five months ago, as the Phillies prepared to break spring training in Florida, Roman Quinn was on Matt Klentak's mind. The first-year general manager had seen almost a dozen of his organization's best prospects in camp. He had various reasons to be excited, but Klentak said there was something about Quinn - how a 5-foot-10 dynamo sprayed the outfield with hard-hit balls and zipped around the bases - that warranted special attention. That Quinn arrived in the majors Sunday despite another injury-shortened season demonstrated how high the front office is on his potential.
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September 13, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Roman Quinn walked into the clubhouse kitchen on Sunday morning at Nationals Park wearing a pair of black tights and a sleeveless compression top. "He looks ready to run a 4x100," Ryan Howard joked as he walked past. Quinn sure does have the speed to anchor a relay team. And that is the one facet that makes him so exciting. He made his major-league debut Sunday in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals. Quinn went 0 for 3 with a walk. The 23-year-old joined the Phillies along with catcher Jorge Alfaro after double-A Reading was eliminated Saturday from the Eastern League playoffs.
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September 10, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - On the inside of Alec Asher's left wrist is the tattooed message of a fortune cookie he received on one of the worst days of his career. "Nothing can keep you from reaching your goals," the message reads. Asher cracked open that fortune after San Francisco reneged on a contract agreement in 2010 when the Giants discovered a bone spur in his right elbow after they drafted Asher in the 23rd round. His baseball future was on the rails. And if that was a bad day, then the afternoon in June - when Asher was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a drug he claims he did not take - was an even worse one. That tattooed message was tucked under Asher's glove on Thursday night at Nationals Park as the righthander picked up his baseball career in a 4-1 win over Washington.
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