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Ryan Howard | First Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 250
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: SMS
Contract: view contract details

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Making the start against a left-hander, Ryan Howard launched a two-run homer and drew a walk in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.
Howard's blast off of Vidal Nuno in the first inning got the scoring going for the Phillies, and he eventually came around to score in the sixth after drawing a walk. The first baseman has gone 3-for-8 with a couple walks over the last two days after being benched for three straight contests. Jul 27 - 4:29 PM

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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has denied speculation that the team has considered releasing Ryan Howard.

"That is not something we are contemplating," Amaro said. "I don’t know where that’s coming from." While the Phillies might not be considering releasing Howard, there's no doubt that they're trying to trade him. The first baseman is now in a platoon situation and is still owed $60 million after this season. Howard has batted just .236/.306/.418 over the last three seasons.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 25 - 11:17 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are "working hard to find a suitor for Ryan Howard."

Howard has hit just .236/.306/.418 over the last three seasons and is still owed $70 million, but Heyman says the Phillies "would be willing to eat much or most" of the contract. Heyman adds that a trade of Howard would "presumably" be to an American League team looking for a designated hitter. Two general managers told Heyman that they believe Howard could be worth around $5 million per year in such a role. Howard has a no-trade clause that allows him to block a deal to 20 teams.
Jul 24 - 6:09 PM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that first base will be a "day-to-day thing" going forward.

It's a nice way of saying Ryan Howard has lost his grip on the starting first base job. Howard and Darin Ruf will platoon based on matchups and who is swinging the hotter bat, and it appears Sandberg is resolute in his willingness to see what Ruf can do over the next two months. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports the Phillies have considered the possibility of releasing Howard if he can't be moved in a trade. The Phillies owe Howard, who is hitting .224/.305/.377, $60 million guaranteed over the next three years.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 23 - 7:36 PM

Ryan Howard had two of the Phillies' 14 singles and two RBI in a loss to the Giants on Monday.

None of the Phillies' hits went for extra bases. It was the first time since July 5, 1996 that they had collected as many as 14 hits with all of them being singles. Howard was in a 1-for-18 slump before his two-hit game tonight.
Jul 21 - 11:03 PM

Ryan Howard had a two-run single, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Braves.

It was a broken bat bloop single, but it looks like a line drive in the box score. Howard has 15 home runs and 58 RBI through 94 games, but he has done so with a lousy .221/.302/.381 batting line.
Jul 18 - 11:29 PM

Ryan Howard had an RBI double and a two-run homer Thursday against the Brewers.

Both hits came off left-handed relievers. The homer came off the league's worst pitcher in Rule 5 pick Wei-Chung Wang, a guy who really should be in A-ball at the moment, but the double was off an excellent southpaw in Will Smith. Howard entered the day with no homers and just two RBI in his previous 20 games.
Jul 10 - 5:41 PM

Ryan Howard has adjusted his hitting mechanics by lowering his hands in his stance.

Howard tried the new technique on a suggestion from teammate Marlon Byrd and plans to stick with it for a while. "I guess my hands have crept up over the years," said Howard. "I think when I first came up, they were lower. It’s a weird feeling but, you know, I’m trying something new. I’m trying to get my hands in the zone faster and keep them in the zone." Howard is hitting just .231 with a career-low .703 OPS, so it's worth a shot.
Jul 8 - 11:25 AM

Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

Howard put the Phillies on the board with an RBI single in the fourth inning, then padded his club's lead with a two-run homer in the sixth. He has homered in three out of his last four contests, and has brought his slash line up to .242/.318/.439 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI. He's also the MLB leader in strikeouts with 91.
Jun 19 - 11:20 PM

Ryan Howard went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Howard has homered in back-to-back games, Tuesday's coming in the first inning off of Ervin Santana, giving him 13 on the season along with 45 RBI. Two more deep drives will give him the most he's hit in a single season since 2011. Despite the decent home run and RBI totals, Howard has left a lot to be desired at the dish, as he is only slashing .231/.308/.420.
Jun 17 - 10:34 PM

Ryan Howard homered in the second and plated the go-ahead run in the 13th as the Phillies beat the Braves 6-1 on Monday.

Howard's homer off Julio Teheran was the game's only run until the bottom of the ninth, when the Braves tied it. The Phillies finally won it by scoring five times in the 13th, with the go-ahead run scoring on Howard's grounder past Freddie Freeman, which was ruled an error. The homer was Howard's first since June 1. He had been one more bad game away from seeing his OPS drop under .700.
Jun 17 - 12:47 AM

Ryan Howard had a rough night at the dish in Friday’s loss to the Cubs, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

The Phillies offense as a whole couldn’t scratch a run across against Jake Arrieta on this evening. With the hitless effort, Howard falls to .234/.303/.406 on the season to go along with 11 homers and 41 RBI.
Jun 13 - 10:04 PM

Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

A day after helping the Phillies walk off with a three-run home run, Howard took the golden sombrero. Despite logging nine RBI in his last four games, Howard continues to rank towards the bottom of the pack among first basemen offensively speaking. He has nine home runs, 34 RBI, and a .235/.313/.428 slash line on the season.
May 29 - 10:17 PM

Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI single, and a walk-off three-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss brought in lefty reliever Boone Logan to face the left-handed Chase Utley and Howard, but Utley singled and Howard crushed a walk-off home run to left-center. Howard has traditionally hit lefties quite poorly, so the well-struck long ball was encouraging. He's slashing a respectable .240/.319/.437 with nine home runs and 34 RBI on the season.
May 28 - 11:11 PM

Ryan Howard is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies.

Howard had a huge day on Monday, but he's taking a seat Tuesday with left-hander Jorge De La Rosa on the hill for Colorado. Darin Ruf will make the start at first base. Howard should be back in the lineup Wednesday against right-hander Jordan Lyles.
May 27 - 2:23 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Cody Asche
2Reid Brignac
LF1Domonic Brown
2John Mayberry
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
S1Cliff Lee
2Cole Hamels
3A.J. Burnett
4Kyle Kendrick
5Roberto Hernandez
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ken Giles
6Mario Hollands
7Justin De Fratus
8Phillippe Aumont
9Cesar Jimenez