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Ryan Howard | First Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 250
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: SMS
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Ryan Howard is batting cleanup for the Phillies on Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals.
It's his first time in that spot in two weeks. Howard slugged a solo home run -- his fifth home run of the season -- Wednesday against Cardinals righty Carlos Martinez. St. Louis is throwing lefty Tim Cooney on Thursday. Apr 30 - 10:48 AM

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Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Howard ripped a Carlos Martinez offering to right field for a solo home run in the fourth inning, tying the game at one apiece at the time. The first baseman has started to find his power stroke, homering in three out of his last five ballgames. Still, his batting line isn't impressive in the least at .191/.247/.412.
Apr 29 - 10:58 PM

Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Braves.

The dinger was Howard's second of the season. He hit the two-run shot off of Braves starter Shelby Miller in the fourth inning and put the Phillies out to a 2-0 lead, but that home run would represent the only runs the 6-12 Phillies scored in the 5-2 loss. Howard's now hitting just .189/.246/.358, with two home runs and six RBI and has shown little evidence that his bat might suddenly regain its glory of yore. If we're stretching for signs of life, he does have two home runs in his last four games.
Apr 25 - 9:52 PM

Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the season as the Phillies defeated the Marlins on Tuesday.

Howard, batting sixth in the lineup, finished 2-for-3 with a walk. He gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning with a two-run home run to center field off of Dan Haren. It'll take a hot streak to bring his numbers back to respectability, though, as he's batting .209/.261/.349 with four RBI on the season, despite pitchers openly challenging him with fastballs in the strike zone.
Apr 21 - 9:39 PM

Ryan Howard is batting seventh for the Phillies on Thursday night against the Nationals.

Howard has only been seventh in the Phillies' order 16 times in his 1,338 career major league games, but he batted just .223/.310/.380 last season and he's off to an even worse start in 2015. Jeff Francoeur is in the cleanup spot for the second game in a row.
Apr 16 - 3:42 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday.

He's sitting in favor of Darin Ruf against left-hander Jon Niese. Howard isn't the only regular on the bench, as Cameron Rupp is at catcher over Carlos Ruiz and Cesar Hernandez is at shortstop over Freddy Galvis.
Apr 15 - 3:32 PM

Ryan Howard wore a golden sombrero in Sunday's loss versus the Nationals, finishing 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

All four strikeouts ended innings with runners on base, and three of those strikeout came with runners in scoring position. Howard is batting a meager .150 (3-for-20). To his credit, those three hits are doubles and he entered the afternoon having struck out only three times. Howard led the league in strikeouts with 190 last season.
Apr 12 - 5:08 PM

Anthony Castrovince of Sports On Earth hears that the Phillies are willing to cover $50 million of the $60 million remaining on Ryan Howard's contract in order to move him in a trade.

Howard is owed $25 million over the next two seasons with a $10 million buyout on his $23 million club option for 2017. This means that a potential trade partner would only have to pay him $5 million per season. If the Phillies just recently evolved to this position, it would provide more context why he's still around. They have tried their best to move him, but the market has been very quiet, as he fits best in the American League where he could serve as a DH. Nothing appears imminent, though.
Mar 18 - 9:13 AM

Ryan Howard homered and doubled as a Phillies split-squad routed the Red Sox 11-4 on Sunday.

After opening the spring 4-for-22 with no extra-base hits, Howard has two homers and a double in his last two games. It wasn't quite all good today -- he made a terrible throw to second while trying to start a double play -- but the Phillies are really more concerned about the bat anyway.
Mar 15 - 4:57 PM

Ryan Howard hit his first spring homer off Chris Archer as part of the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Rays on Friday.

The homer, which followed Chase Utley's single, accounted for both Phillies runs. The slimmed-down Howard is 5-for-25 with eight strikeouts and no walks so far.
Mar 13 - 4:08 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Orioles are "keeping an eye" on Ryan Howard this spring.

The Phillies tried to move Howard over the winter, but they understandably found little in the way of interest. However, there's still the chance that he could get moved this spring. The Orioles already have a lot of moving parts in their lineup, so it's not clear where Howard would fit, but perhaps he could see part-time duty between DH and first base. The Phillies would almost certainly have to eat the majority of the $60 million still owed to him to make a deal palatable. At the very least, the O's are doing their due diligence.
Mar 9 - 5:40 PM

Ryan Howard said Tuesday that he cut sugar from his diet over the winter and has lost 15-20 pounds.

This comes a few days after Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that Howard showed up to camp in the best shape "since I've known him." It's no secret that the Phillies would like to move on from him, so it appears that he has used the constant speculation about his future as motivation. It might not result in better numbers at the plate, but it's something. As of now, Howard still projects to get most of the playing time at first base for the Phillies this season.
Mar 3 - 3:03 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Friday that Ryan Howard showed up to camp in the best shape "since I've known him."

Amaro made up with Howard at the beginning of spring training after saying over the winter that the club would be better off without him, and now he's bragging about the veteran's physical condition. None of it really means much. Howard is still slated to start versus righties at first base as long as he's healthy and still with the Phillies on Opening Day. He remains capable of providing some home run pop but doesn't offer much else.
Feb 27 - 4:23 PM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that Ryan Howard will be the team's starting first baseman unless he's unseated.

It doesn't really tell us much. It's no secret that the Phillies would like to turn the page on Howard and appear willing to cover most of his contract in order to trade him, but they haven't received any serious interest until this point. Darin Ruf and/or Maikel Franco would benefit if the situation changes, but Howard is at the top of the depth chart at first base as spring training gets underway.
Feb 18 - 11:25 AM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro reiterated that if Ryan Howard remains with the team heading into spring training, that he'll have to earn the team's starting job at first base.

Amaro has made no secret of his desire to move Howard this offseason, and has been open and honest with Howard about the fact. The team would prefer to go with either Darin Ruf or Maikel Franco at first base, and Howard would have to beat them out for at-bats at the position.
Jan 17 - 9:03 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Cody Asche
2Cesar Hernandez
LF1Ben Revere
2Grady Sizemore
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Aaron Harang
3Jerome Williams
4Chad Billingsley
5Sean O'Sullivan
6Severino Gonzalez
7Cliff Lee
8Jonathan Pettibone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Ken Giles
3Jake Diekman
4Justin De Fratus
5Jeanmar Gomez
6Mario Hollands
7Luis Garcia
8Dustin McGowan