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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
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Ryan Howard socked a walk-off solo homer in a 4-3 win over the Indians in 11 innings on Friday
The clubs were locked in a 3-3 tie after five innings and Howard finally broke through when he took Cody Allen deep to lead off the bottom of the 11th. It was his sixth career walk-off homer and his first since 2013. Howard went 3-for-5 with two runs scored on the night, boosting his batting average from .185 to .214. The Phillies have now won seven out of eight and sit at a surprising 13-10 on the year. Apr 29 - 10:58 PM

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Ryan Howard is absent from the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

He's on the bench with the Phils facing southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Darin Ruf is handling first base.
Apr 17 - 10:27 AM

Ryan Howard accounted for all of the Phillies’ offense with a solo homer Friday against the Nationals.

Howard took Yusmeiro Petit deep in the ninth to get Philadelphia on the board. The 36-year-old is batting just .219 (7-for-32) on the year, but four of his hits have been home runs. He’s now up 361 home runs for his for his career, which ties him with Joe DiMaggio for 81st on the all-time list.
Apr 15 - 10:47 PM

Ryan Howard had a homer and a sac fly off lefty Drew Pomeranz in Thursday's win.

Howard was only starting today because of Darin Ruf's sore shoulder, but the nice game against a lefty might help his cause. After all, the Phillies could always play Ruf in the outfield against lefties instead of at first base. Howard is batting just .214 in 29 at-bats, but he leads the Phillies with three homers and six RBI.
Apr 14 - 3:57 PM

Ryan Howard continued his early-season scuffle, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk on Wednesday versus San Diego.

Howard is hitting .192/.267/.423 with nine strikeouts in 30 plate appearances. He'll offer the occasional home run, but the Phillies aren't good enough to create many RBI opportunities nor will they drive him in often when he does manage to get on base. In other words, pretty much what he did a year ago, when he wasn't a top-35 fantasy first baseman.
Apr 13 - 10:18 PM

Ryan Howard is batting cleanup in Tuesday's lineup against the Padres.

The assumption was that Darin Ruf would get the start against left-hander Robbie Erlin, especially after Phillies manager Pete Mackanin pinch-hit for Howard in the sixth inning of Monday's game. Apparently not.
Apr 12 - 3:25 PM

Ryan Howard hit a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mets.

The fifth-inning dinger off Mets starter Bartolo Colon was the lone run of the game for either side, making it a game-winner. Howard finished 1-for-4 in the game. The veteran first baseman is hitting .250 with an .875 OPS and two home runs in the season's first week.
Apr 9 - 10:06 PM

Ryan Howard went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Thursday against the Reds.

Howard's bad spring ensured that he'd enter the season as a platoon player, but he could still hit his way into a full-time role if he performs. Most likely, the occasional homer is the only thing fantasy leaguers will get from him, though.
Apr 7 - 3:51 PM

Ryan Howard went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Monday against the Blue Jays.

Howard had a little mid-spring surge, but he's down to .217 with a .743 OPS now. Meanwhile, Darin Ruf went 2-for-4 and homered today, raising his OPS to .991. A straight platoon of the two, with Howard starting against righties, seems appropriate.
Mar 28 - 3:49 PM

Ryan Howard went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI as the Eagles topped the Steelers 15-12 on Friday.

Howard opened the spring 1-for-15, but he's 7-for-14 with two homers and two doubles in his last four games. Perhaps he'll be able to avoid a platoon situation early on if he stays hot over the rest of the spring.
Mar 18 - 5:00 PM

Ryan Howard homered and doubled off left Matt Moore in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

Those were two of the team's three extra-base hits on the day and the Phillies scored just the one run, making Howard's day a bit more impressive. Obviously, he would prefer to be the Phillies' full-time first baseman rather than platoon with Darin Ruf there. Still, the Phillies seem committed to carrying Ruf and there wouldn't be much anything else for Ruf to do if he's not platooning with Howard. It suggests Howard will mostly sit against lefties.
Mar 17 - 4:48 PM

Ryan Howard is meeting with Major League Baseball investigators Thursday in Florida about the Al-Jazeera report linking him to performance-enhancing drugs.

That bit of breaking news comes from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Ryan Zimmerman and Taylor Teagarden were among the other athletes named in the Al-Jazeera documentary that aired in late December -- Peyton Manning being the headliner. There should be an update later this month regarding MLB's findings. This interview with Howard could just be due dilligence, but it's really not worth speculating.
Mar 10 - 11:17 AM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin indicated Tuesday that Ryan Howard could be platooned against left-handed pitching in 2016.

The arrangement worked well during the second half last season, with Darin Ruf thriving against southpaws. Mackanin hasn't made an official decision about how the playing time will shake out in 2016, but Howard will need to perform. "I’m going to make that decision in the spring," said Mackanin. "But at this point, I’m going to have a discussion with Ryan and tell him, ‘If you want to face lefties, you have to hit them better. If you don’t hit them better, I’m going to platoon.’ That’s basically what we’re looking at. It’s gotten to that point." Howard, who is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, hit just .130 with a .418 OPS vs. left-handers last season.
Jan 20 - 10:15 AM

In an undercover report filed by Al-Jazeera, Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman and Taylor Teagarden were among several athletes linked to performance enhancing drugs.

The headliner of the group is Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who allegedly received shipments of human growth hormone from an anti-aging clinic in Indiana. The Al-Jazeera report airs on Sunday night but Huffington Post is already reporting the details. It's worth noting that the report's main source, pharmacist Charlie Sly, has backtracked on many of his earlier claims. The story is still developing and there will surely be more to follow.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 10:31:00 PM

Ryan Howard (knee) is not expected to return to the Phillies lineup this season.

While he has not been officially shut down yet, the veteran slugger hasn't faced live pitching since September 14. Darin Ruf will continue to handle first base in his absence. Howard will finish his 2015 campaign hitting .229/.277/.443 with 23 homers and 77 RBI in 129 games.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 03:12:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Emmanuel Burriss
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Peter Bourjos
2Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Aaron Altherr
2Tyler Goeddel
3David Lough
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Charlie Morton
3Aaron Nola
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Vincent Velasquez
6Adam Morgan
7Matt Harrison
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Dalier Hinojosa
3David Hernandez
4Hector Neris
5Brett Oberholtzer
6Andrew Bailey
7Elvis Araujo
8Daniel Stumpf
9Mario Hollands
10Michael Mariot