Ryan Howard

Professional Baseball Player + First Baseman
Born Nov 19, 1979

Ryan James Howard is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. Nicknamed "The Big Piece", Howard stands 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) and weighs 240 pounds (110 kg). He bats and throws left-handed. Howard was the 2006 National League MVP. Howard is the fastest player to reach both the 100 and 200 home run milestones in Major League Baseball history, passing the marks in 2007 and 2009, respectively.… Read More

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1979 Birth Born on November 19, 1979.


1998 18 Years Old Howard was born in St. Louis. He attended Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri, and Missouri State University, where he played college baseball for the Missouri State Bears baseball team from 1998 to 2001. … Read More
1999 19 Years Old He was the 1999 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year. … Read More


2001 21 Years Old Selected in the 5th round of the 2001 draft, Howard quickly ascended the Phillies' minor league system, earning consecutive awards in the Florida State and Eastern leagues (2003 and 2004), respectively. … Read More
Howard made his MLB debut in 2004. … Read More
2005 25 Years Old 1 More Event
After the 2005 season, the Phillies faced a dilemma involving Thome and Howard. … Read More
Howard finished the 2006 season with a .313 batting average, 58 home runs, and 149 runs batted in. … Read More
…  He is a two-time NL home run champion (2006, 2008), and became the fastest player to reach both the 100 and 200 home run milestones in MLB history, passing the marks in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
On February 21, 2008, Howard won an arbitration case against the Phillies, and was awarded $10 million, the most ever for a victorious player and tied for the most ever awarded. … Read More
He is a three-time NL All-Star (2006, 2009, 2010), and has won the Silver Slugger Award, Hank Aaron Award, and the NL Championship Series MVP Award in 2009.


2010 30 Years Old On April 26, 2010, Howard signed a 5-year, $125 million extension with a club option to the contract he inked before the 2009 season. … Read More
Through 2011, Howard was fourth among all active major leaguers in career slugging percentage (.560; behind Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and Ryan Braun), and ninth in career intentional walks.
His injury required surgery and as a result, he missed the start of the 2012 season.
2013 - 2015 4 More Events
On January 5, 2016, it was announced that Howard had filed a lawsuit suing Al Jazeera for defamation following the publication's release of the documentary "The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers", which linked Howard and Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman, among others, to a clinic that allegedly distributed steroids and HGH. … Read More
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