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Ryan Howard | First Baseman | #6

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (37) / 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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Braves released 1B Ryan Howard.
Howard hit one homer while at Triple-A Gwinnett but managed just a .184/.238/.263 batting line across 42 plate appearances. It remains to be seen what the next step is for the 37-year-old, but there would seem to be a decent chance we've seen the last of Howard in the majors. May 8 - 6:11 PM

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Ryan Howard could be assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett by this weekend.

Howard has been playing in extended spring training games since signing a minor league deal with the Braves a couple weeks ago. The Braves will give the 37-year-old a test run at Gwinnett before deciding whether to add him to the big league roster as a bench bat.
Apr 21 - 11:34 AM

Braves signed 1B Ryan Howard to a minor league contract.

An American League team that could offer Howard a role as designated hitter might have been a bit more of a clean fit -- and allowed the veteran more playing time -- but he should serve as a nice, experienced presence with the baby Braves. The 37-year-old Howard did swat 25 homers in 362 plate appearances for the Phillies during the 2016 season, but that mark came with a .196/.257/.453 triple-slash. He no longer carries fantasy value, especially given that his only true path to playing time would require an injury to Freddie Freeman. Howard will report to extended spring training initially.
Apr 6 - 12:49 PM

Ryan Howard is training "furiously" and remains positive about his chances of getting an opportunity to continue his playing career, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

"I think I can still go out there and compete, and compete at a high level," said Howard, who is "open" to taking on a DH role at this point in his career. "I understand that I’m not going to play every single day. With the way that the game has changed, with teams having analytics and all that, I understand all that stuff." Howard fits best as a designated hitter against right-handed pitching, but other bats still remain on the market like Brandon Moss and Pedro Alvarez. It's not surprising that he's waiting around. The 37-year-old was better during the second half last year and finished with 25 homers in 362 plate appearances, but he hit just .196/.257/.453 overall.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 25 - 8:55 AM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, free agent Ryan Howard is one of several left-handed bats the Rays have discussed this offseason.

Pedro Alvarez, Logan Morrison, Brandon Moss and Luis Valbuena have also been on their radar. Howard's market has been almost nonexistent this offseason coming off a lousy 2016 campaign but he'll land on his feet at some point. Even with a below-average contact rate, the 37-year-old can still hit for power. This is the first time Howard has been a free agent since debuting with the Phillies in 2004.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 11:46:00 PM

Phillies declined their $23 million option on 1B Ryan Howard.

A no-brainer for the Phils after Howard batted just .196/.257/.453 in 362 plate appearances this season at age 36. Howard will turn 37 years old later this month and his best days are obviously well behind him, but he still has some pop in his bat and should find a decent market among American League teams in need of a left-handed power source.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 12:33:00 PM

Ryan Howard crushed his 25th home run of the season as the Phillies fell to the Mets on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

The veteran slugger tagged Mets starter Bartolo Colon for a game-tying, two-run shot in the fifth inning. He also singled, finishing the day 2-for-4 to raise his season slash to .199/.260/.459 to go with his 25 long balls and 59 RBI.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 04:17:00 PM

Ryan Howard hit his 15th career grand slam in Tuesday's loss to the Braves.

Howard followed a couple singles and a walk in the first inning with a long one to right field off of Julio Teheran. He also added a single in a later at-bat. Howard's .196/.259/.453 batting line is awfully ugly, but he's still hitting balls over the boards with 24 home runs. It's his highest home run total since 2011.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 12:47:00 AM

Ryan Howard (knee) is back in the Phillies' starting lineup Thursday versus the Mets.

Howard has been out all week with left knee discomfort. He got it drained on Sunday. The veteran first baseman is batting just .193/.250/.439 with 22 homers and 51 RBI in 104 games this season for Philadelphia.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 03:46:00 PM

Ryan Howard (knee) won't start Tuesday or Wednesday.

"I don't want [his knee] to blow up again," said manager Pete Mackanin. Howard had that balky left knee drained on Sunday and will be limited to pinch-hitting duties for much of this week. Tommy Joseph is at first base and batting cleanup Tuesday versus the White Sox.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 05:51:00 PM

Ryan Howard had his balky left knee drained on Sunday.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is hopeful that Howard will return this season, and could be back as early as Tuesday if his knee responds well. Tommy Joseph will handle most of the starts at first base in his absence.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 06:18:00 PM

Ryan Howard (knee) remained out of the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

Howard is dealing with some swelling in his left knee. Tommy Joseph will handle first base.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 10:14:00 AM

Ryan Howard (knee) was scratched from the Phillies' lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

He's dealing with some fluid buildup in his left knee. Tommy Joseph will handle first base and bat cleanup against Marlins right-hander Jose Urena. Howard is day-to-day.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 05:44:00 PM

Ryan Howard slugged a solo homer and walked twice Friday against the Marlins.

Howard started the comeback effort for the Phillies with a solo homer off Tom Koehler in the sixth inning. The veteran slugger is batting just .193 with a .250 on-base percentage on the year, but he has amassed 10 homers in just 111 plate appearances since the All-Star break. He's going into his final days with the Phillies.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 12:16:00 AM

Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

Howard finished 1-for-3 with the three-run shot in the third inning. The homer was his 21st of the year, giving him 49 RBI. The power is still there, but there's no real reason for Phils manager Pete Mackanin to keep running him out there at this point. The 36-year-old is hitting .195/.249/.442 on the year.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 09:58:00 PM

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2B1Brandon Phillips
2Sean Rodriguez
3Micah Johnson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Johan Camargo
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
CF1Ender Inciarte
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S1Julio Teheran
2Bartolo Colon
3Jaime Garcia
4R.A. Dickey
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Sean Newcomb
Relief Pitcher
R1Jim Johnson
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6Daniel Winkler
7Chaz Roe
8Jason Motte
9Jacob Lindgren
10Armando Rivero
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