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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 is serving as the DH in Wednesday's game against the White Sox.
Once this one is completed, Howard will have played in every major league park. The veteran slugger is batting fourth but he can be safely avoided in DFS formats. Howard passed through revocable waivers on Wednesday and can now be traded to any team, but there's very little chance of a move happening. Aug 24 - 4:12 PM

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Major League Baseball announced Friday that Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the Al Jazeera report from last year.

Al Jazeera released a documentary last year in which pharmacist Charlie Sly accused Howard and Zimmerman, among many other athletes, of using performance-enhancing drugs. Both players cooperated fully with the commissioner's office, whereas Sly did not. This issue is now put to bed.
Aug 19 - 12:15 PM

Ryan Howard stayed hot Friday against the Rockies by going 3-for-5 with a grand slam, five RBI, and two runs scored as part of a 10-6 victory.

It was a vintage performance from the veteran slugger. Howard gave the Phillies the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with the long blast to right-center. It was his 14th career grand slam. He later added an RBI single in the eighth for some insurance. While Howard owns an ugly .195/.244/.435 batting line on the year, he’s hitting .320 (24-for-75) with seven homers, five doubles, and 19 RBI over his last 27 games.
Aug 13 - 12:22 AM

Ryan Howard notched a pinch-hit, three-run double in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

Howard's three-run two-bagger in the ninth inning was a killer blow for the Dodgers. Entering the frame, they were nursing comeback hopes trailing just 3-2. That lead blossomed to four runs after Howard came through with the big double. The veteran slugger has struggled to a .187/.238/.419 triple-slash over 241 at-bats. He no longer plays every day, but in his last 10 games, has notched six extra-base hits (four doubles, two homers).
Aug 10 - 8:00 PM

Ryan Howard went 2-for-3, scored twice and hit a solo home run on Saturday.

The second hit was a double. It was a rare productive game for the aging slugger. He is batting .185 with 16 home runs and 32 RBI in 233 at-bats this season. He has been relegated to part-time duty in recent weeks.
Aug 7 - 12:56 AM

Ryan Howard went 3-for-4 and hit a solo home run as the Phillies beat the Giants 5-4 in 12 innings on Wednesday.

Reports of Howard's demise have been slightly exaggerated. He has 15 home runs in 230 at-bats but those come with a gruesome .178/.232/.400 slash line. He is merely a part-time player limping toward the end of his career.
Aug 4 - 12:04 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Cameron Rupp
2A.J. Ellis
3Jorge Alfaro
1B1Tommy Joseph
2Ryan Howard
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Emmanuel Burriss
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Peter Bourjos
2Tyler Goeddel
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Aaron Altherr
2Jimmy Paredes
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Charlie Morton
3Aaron Nola
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Vincent Velasquez
6Zach Eflin
7Jake Thompson
8Adam Morgan
9Matt Harrison
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Hector Neris
3David Hernandez
4Edubray Ramos
5Michael Mariot
6Frank Herrmann
7Severino Gonzalez