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Ryan Howard | First Baseman | #6

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (36) / 11/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Missouri State
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 5 (0) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Ryan Howard hit a two-run home run in a loss to the Marlins on Thursday.
Howard turned around a Tom Koehler fastball in the fourth inning, clearing the left field wall for the opposite-field jack. The homer was his 14th of the year, giving him 30 RBI. That's about all the good you can say about the 36-year-old, who's hitting just .160/.219/.376 on the year. Jul 21 - 11:11 PM

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Ryan Howard hit his 13th home run of the season and the Phillies beat the Mets 4-2 on Saturday.

Howard hit a solo dong in the second inning against Mets starter Logan Verrett, his only hit in four at-bats. He has 13 homers in 69 games this year, but the 36-year-old's current .369 slugging percentage would be the lowest of his career if the season ended today. The Phillies are surely counting the days until his contract expires this winter.
Jul 16 - 11:55 PM

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News, Ryan Howard is unlikely to face discipline for the Al Jazeera report linking him to PEDs.

Howard met with MLB investigators in March, a few months after the story broke, and has apparently continued to cooperate. "The investigation is ongoing," Dan Halem, MLB's chief legal officer, told Gelb on Tuesday. "We're close to completing it." Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was also named in that Al Jazeera report, which used hidden cameras and undercover athletes to attempt to expose PED use in various corners of the sports universe. Howard and Zimmerman both sued the network for defamation in January. Those suits are still in litigation.
Jul 12 - 4:49 PM

Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

Howard supplied both of the Phillies' runs in the 11-2 blowout defeat. He smacked a solo home run in the second inning to knot the score at 1-1 and supplied an RBI single in the fourth. The score stood at 5-2 Rockies at that point and it only ballooned from there. The dinger was Howard's 12th of the year. That is respectable enough, even if everything surrounding that total is lacking. The 36-year-old Howard has played in just two games since July 1. A .158/.219/.362 triple-slash is the culprit for the lack of playing time. As the philosopher Robert Allen Zimmerman once noted, it's not dark yet, but it's getting there.
Jul 7 - 11:54 PM

Ryan Howard snapped a 3-3 tie with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Howard finished the game 0-for-3, but did manage two walks. His second free pass of the evening would be the key one, as he drew it against Brad Ziegler with the bases loaded to push the Phillies to a 4-3 advantage in the top of the ninth inning. They would win by that final score. Veteran slugger Howard is hitting just .151/.211/.349 this season and lost his starting job to Tommy Joseph earlier this month.
Jun 29 - 2:34 AM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin informed Ryan Howard Friday that he'll no longer be the team's starting first baseman.

Howard has been playing second fiddle to Tommy Joseph for weeks but now it's official. "I talked to Ryan [Friday] and told him, ‘I’ve got to go with Tommy Joseph right now,'" said Mackanin. "I can’t sit Tommy Joseph. I can’t justify not playing the guy." Mackanin said Howard will still be involved as a pinch-hitter and occasional starter, but he's mostly going to be taking a backseat to Joseph. The Phillies would probably love to trade Howard but that's nearly impossible given his enormous salary ($25 million) and poor play this season.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 11 - 8:03 PM

Ryan Howard went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Wednesday in the Phillies' loss to the Cubs.

Howard earned the start over Tommy Joseph on Wednesday after slugging a solo home run in Tuesday's defeat of Chicago. It should be back to the bench now for him.
Jun 8 - 4:18 PM

Making his first start of June, Ryan Howard smacked a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

Howard drew a walk in the first inning and then took Kyle Hendricks out to right-center field in the fourth. It was his ninth longball of the season, although he's still hitting only .153/.217/.353. Howard will continue to cede playing time to Tommy Joseph, although he probably earned himself another start with tonight's dinger.
Jun 7 - 10:24 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Saturday against the Brewers.

Tommy Joseph will grab another start at first base. Manager Pete Mackanin said earlier this week that he planned to sit Howard for 3-4 days so he could clear his head. This is day four. Howard grounded into a double play in a pinch-hitting appearance Friday night. There's a good chance he'll return to the lineup Sunday in the series finale.
Jun 4 - 12:17 PM

Ryan Howard has been benched for the next 3-4 games.

"I get it, I get it," Howard told reporters Wednesday after hearing the news. "I mean, you gotta go out and perform, you gotta put up." Through his first 143 at-bats in 2016, the veteran slugger is hitting just .154/.215/.343. Tommy Joseph will start in Howard's place for this stretch and possibly much longer. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Joseph could "possibly" win the first base job on a full-time basis.
Jun 1 - 6:05 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

It's noteworthy because the Phils are facing a right-hander (John Lackey). Howard is batting only .154/.219/.346 and could start losing more and more playing time to Tommy Joseph. Philly also has Andres Blanco at second base over Cesar Hernandez.

Ryan Howard is expected to be on the bench Sunday against right-hander Casey Kelly.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin plans to stick with Howard against righties for now despite his .161/.233/.381 batting line, but he'll give him a day off Sunday. If Howard's struggles continue, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Phils eventually give Tommy Joseph everyday at-bats at first base. "I might give Joseph a start [Sunday] just to clear Howie's head just a little bit," Mackanin said. "Then when we go to Detroit, we have the DH, so both of them can play, and we will go from there."
May 22 - 9:43 AM

Ryan Howard is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

He's sitting against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Tommy Joseph is making another start at first base and batting cleanup.
May 17 - 3:08 PM

Ryan Howard went 1-for-3 with his eighth homer of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

It's been an all-or-nothing season for the Phillies' big bopper. Only 10 of his 18 base hits this year have been non-homers, so he's hitting .182/.243/.434 with eight home runs in 111 plate appearances. This means he's a true one-category contributor in standard fantasy formats -- and he doesn't hit for nearly enough power to overcome his detrimental impact in every other traditional category.
May 11 - 9:45 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Friday.

With the Marlins throwing southpaw Wei-Yin Chen, Howard is sitting in favor of Darin Ruf. Howard has just 13 plate appearances versus lefties this season and is batting .167/.154/.417.
May 6 - 5:06 PM

Depth Charts

C1Cameron Rupp
2Carlos Ruiz
1B1Tommy Joseph
2Ryan Howard
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Tyler Goeddel
2Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Peter Bourjos
2Jimmy Paredes
3Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Charlie Morton
3Aaron Nola
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Vincent Velasquez
6Zach Eflin
7Matt Harrison
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Hector Neris
3David Hernandez
4Andrew Bailey
5Brett Oberholtzer
6Edubray Ramos
7Severino Gonzalez