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Ryan Howard | First Baseman | #6

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (37) / 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 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. Jan 25 - 8:55 AM
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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

Ryan Howard ripped a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.

Howard entered the seventh inning 1-for-20 with 13 strikeouts in his career versus Max Scherzer but then proceeded to homer off the right-hander. The longball gives the veteran first baseman his third straight 20-homer season and 10th 20-homer campaign of his career.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 10:12:00 PM

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.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 04:12:00 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 12:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Cameron Rupp
2Andrew Knapp
1B1Tommy Joseph
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Jesmuel Valentin
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Howie Kendrick
2Chris Coghlan
3Daniel Nava
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Michael Saunders
2Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Aaron Nola
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Clay Buchholz
5Vincent Velasquez
6Zach Eflin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Hector Neris
3Joaquin Benoit
4Pat Neshek
5Edubray Ramos
6Luis Garcia
7Joely Rodriguez
8Adam Morgan
9Cesar Ramos
10Colton Murray