June 29, 2012 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Four hundred feet from home plate, where a large man wearing a powder-blue No. 52 jersey stood, was the No. 29 plastered on the center field wall with "HOWARD" arching over it. The man at the plate wasn't paying attention to that. The man at the plate was just trying to get solid at-bats against live pitching in the first game of his rehab assignment. The man at the plate was Ryan Howard - or at least the 6-foot-4 shell of the player Phillies fans came to know so well, and the shell of the man the Phillies hope will provide the necessary spark for a struggling team.
April 17, 2015 |
NEW YORK - What you are about to read comes with the usual April warning. Eight games worth of at-bats is not nearly a big enough sample to make definite judgments on player performance. For example, a quarter of the Phillies games have featured Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer, two of the hardest throwing starters in the major leagues. So when we talk about Ryan Howard's performance against the fastball, it is important to keep that caveat in mind. Still, eight games are what we have at our disposal, and the fact is Howard has been abysmal against a pitch he used to destroy with regularity, a pitch whose obliteration used to make up for the flaws in his swing.
August 3, 2011 |
DENVER - True story: Once upon a time, Kyle Kendrick ranked high enough in the Phillies' pitching pecking order that manager Charlie Manuel used him as his second starter in a postseason series. That one and only playoff appearance, against Colorado, did not go well for Kendrick. And it seems like ages ago that the Phillies left this city after being swept by a freakishly hot Rockies team in the 2007 National League division series. These days, Kendrick is the swing man on the best pitching staff in baseball, alternating between the bullpen and rotation depending on the health of the other guys in the rotation.
September 19, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Chase Utley and Ryan Howard remain the heart of the Phillies' batting order and they were the foundation for this franchise's run of success that started in 2007 and appears likely to end in 2012. But as the season winds toward its conclusion, it's obvious they are players in transition. After the Phillies took early batting practice Monday afternoon, Utley remained on the field and worked extensively at third base with coach Sam Perlozzo. Howard, meanwhile, fielded questions about a season that started with him on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon and is ending with the first baseman in a terrible slump.
May 21, 2012 |
Ryan Howard felt a tiny pinch Sept. 18 when a team physician's needle penetrated the numbed surface of a left heel that had been throbbing red-hot for weeks. Within seconds, the syringe's milky mixture of cortisone and painkiller rushed warmly into the tiny, inflamed bursa sac at the base of the slugger's Achilles tendon. Howard and the Phillies were rolling the dice. They hoped the cortisone would ease the pain and, after a brief rest, return him to form for the fast-approaching postseason.
June 28, 2012 |
RYAN HOWARD could be 3 weeks behind Chase Utley in the parade of injured Phillies stars marching back to the team. The first baseman will be examined by Phillies doctors Wednesday. If cleared, he will play for Class A Lakewood on Thursday. That would officially begin his minor league rehab assignment. Howard, sidelined by a ruptured Achilles' tendon and subsequent infection in the surgical wound, would have a maximum of 20 days to spend in the minors. If he plays Thursday, it's reasonable to expect him in uniform when the Phillies begin a six-game homestand July 20 — or even before then.
December 30, 2009
Baseball is a game of numbers, but more than anything it is a game of moments. In 2009, Ryan Howard once again had little trouble racking up numbers: His 45 home runs gave him 222 for his career, and his 141 RBI made it four straight seasons with at least 136. But it was a single moment, and a now-legendary phrase - "Just get me to the plate, boys" - that provided the seminal moment of his still-young career. It was Game 4 of the NLDS, in freezing Denver, and the Phillies were one out away from heading back to Philly for a decisive Game 5. Two outs.
June 5, 2011 |
Penncrest held a dedication ceremony recently in honor of a special youngster. Last September, 7-year-old Aidan Joseph Silva, son of baseball coach Steve Silva, died of sudden cardiac arrest. Aidan, a big-time baseball fan, was a first grader at Brandywine Wallace Elementary School in Downingtown. The ceremony included a surprise video message, watched in the auditorium during an assembly, from Phillies slugger Ryan Howard. "He would ask to stay up until Ryan Howard batted," Steve Silva said.
May 7, 2013 |
WE FIGURE Phillies fans probably need a bit of good news after the weekend's disappointing losses to the Marlins. To that end, we take you back to Friday night when Ryan Howard hit a home run at the request of A.J. Moncman, a 7-year-old who is blind. It was Teacher Appreciation Night and A.J. was at the game because his teacher, Bethann Molinari - who he had nominated - was being honored in a pregame ceremony. A.J. attends Hopewell Elementary School in Upper Saucon Township and Molinari taught him how to read and write in Braille.
May 3, 2010
The Phillies beat us to this one by signing Ryan Howard to a 5-year, $125 million extension last week. In a Daily News fan survey conducted with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University, respondents who identified the Phillies as their favorite team were asked if they were willing to spend $2 more per ticket if the money went to signing the slugging first baseman to a long-term contract. The results: 68 percent said they would be willing to pay extra, 17 percent said they would not and 15 percent said they were not sure.