Ryan Howard
American professional baseball player, first baseman
Ryan Howard
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.
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Baseball: League clears Howard, Zimmerman of doping wrongdoing
Yahoo News - 6 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman were cleared of wrongdoing in Major League Baseball's investigation into their possible use of performance-enhancing drugs, prompted by an Al Jazeera report. MLB announced Friday that the investigation was complete and it "did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard or Zimmerman." The Al Jazeera report, aired in a December documentary, claimed that Howard and Zimmerman were among the athletes who allegedly received shipments of performance-enhancing drugs.
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Man to take class after throwing bottle at Phillies' Howard
Fox News - 8 months
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A Delaware man accused of throwing a beer bottle near Philadelphia Phillies player Ryan Howard has appeared in court.
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Cubs' Kyle Hendricks has right stuff in 4-1 complete-game victory
Chicago Times - 9 months
A mental error and Kyle Hendricks' seventh and final strikeout cost him what would have been his second career shutout Saturday during the Cubs' 4-1 victory against the Phillies at Wrigley Field. The Ivy League-educated Cubs starter coaxed Ryan Howard into swinging at strike three with Freddy Galvis...
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Howard's 11th-Inning Homer Leads Phillies Past Indians 4-3
NYTimes - 10 months
Ryan Howard is going deep and the Phillies are on a hot streak.
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Nationals first baseman Zimmerman denies doping allegations
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on Tuesday denied doping allegations raised against him in an Al-Jazeera America documentary in December. Zimmerman and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard both filed defamation lawsuits against the broadcaster, but Zimmerman's comments at spring training in Viera, Florida, marked his first public reaction on the matter. In the documentary, Charles Sly, identified as a former pharmacy intern at an Indiana anti-ageing clinic, said he provided Zimmerman and others with Delta-2, a pro-hormone banned by Major League Baseball.
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UPDATE 1-Baseball's Zimmerman, Howard sue Al Jazeera over doping report - Reuters
Google News - about 1 year
ABC News UPDATE 1-Baseball's Zimmerman, Howard sue Al Jazeera over doping report Reuters (Recasts with suit by Ryan Howard). WASHINGTON Jan 5 The Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard sued the Al Jazeera America television network for defamation on Tuesday over a report that the Major League ... 2 baseball players sue Al-Jazeera over documentary on drugsOrlando Sentinel Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Howard file suit against Al JazeeraWashington Post Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman file defamation suits against Al Jazeera AmericaUSA TODAY ESPN all 132 news articles »
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Phillies' Ryan Howard sues Al Jazeera over drug-use story
Yahoo News - about 1 year
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard sued the Al Jazeera America television network for defamation on Tuesday over a report that he used a performance-enhancing drug. The libel suit was filed by the baseball player in U.S. District Court in Washington. It came on the heels of one filed by Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman over the same Al Jazeera story. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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Watch The Documentary Linking Peyton Manning, Other NFL Stars To A Doping Ring
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A new investigation alleging that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and other star athletes used performance-enhancing drugs has rocked the sports world. Al Jazeera began broadcasting the documentary below, titled "The Dark Side," this week and has also made the full version available online.  British hurdler Liam Collins went undercover for the news network, following several pharmacists and doctors involved in supplying and prescribing steroids to professional athletes. The investigation focuses on Charlie Sly, a pharmacist who reportedly worked at The Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine, an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic where Manning received treatment after an injury in 2011. Sly claims in the documentary that the clinic provided Manning with human growth hormone by prescribing it under his wife Ashley's name. “All the time, we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs,” he says. “Like growth hormone, all the time, everywhere, Florida. And it woul ...
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Watch The Documentary Linking Peyton Manning, Other NFL Stars To A Doping Ring
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A new investigation alleging that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and other star athletes used performance-enhancing drugs has rocked the sports world. Al Jazeera began broadcasting the documentary below, titled "The Dark Side," this week and has also made the full version available online.  British hurdler Liam Collins went undercover for the news network, following several pharmacists and doctors involved in supplying and prescribing steroids to professional athletes. The investigation focuses on Charlie Sly, a pharmacist who reportedly worked at The Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine, an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic where Manning received treatment after an injury in 2011. Sly claims in the documentary that the clinic provided Manning with human growth hormone by prescribing it under his wife Ashley's name. “All the time, we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs,” he says. “Like growth hormone, all the time, everywhere, Florida. And it would nev ...
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Explosive Documentary Links Peyton Manning, Major Athletes To Doping Ring
Huffington Post - about 1 year
An Indianapolis anti-aging clinic supplied quarterback Peyton Manning with human growth hormone, a performance-enhancing drug banned by the NFL, a pharmacist who once worked at the clinic asserts in a new special report from Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit.  The report, “The Dark Side,” is the result of a monthslong investigation in which Liam Collins, a British hurdler, went undercover in an attempt to expose the widespread nature of performance-enhancing drugs in global sports. As a cover story, Collins tells medical professionals tied to the trade of performance-enhancing drugs that he is hoping for one last shot at glory at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Manning is just one of many high-profile players the report names and raises questions about. Manning issued a statement Saturday night strongly denying the allegations, claiming that "whoever said this is making stuff up." Personal statement from Peyton Manning released by the Broncos ... pic.twitter. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ryan Howard
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 36
    Howard hit his 375th home run on August 16, 2016 versus the Dodgers.
    More Details Hide Details Howard has a fraternal twin brother named Corey, as well as an older brother and a sister. He says he is the smallest of the Howard sons. His favorite baseball team growing up was the St. Louis Cardinals. Howard has a son named Darian Alexander, who was born January 26, 2001. Howard graduated from Lafayette High School (Wildwood, St. Louis County, Mo.) in 1998, where he played trombone. While attending Missouri State University he became a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and his line name was "Blue Hurt". Howard is a representative for a number of products including Under Armour and the Subway restaurant chain. He also appeared on the cover of MLB 08: The Show. Howard appeared alongside teammate Chase Utley as himself on the 2010 episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods". He also appeared as himself during the 7th season of Entourage in the episode "Lose Yourself" and appeared in the final season of The Office; set in Scranton and created during his time in Triple-A there, Howard is the acknowledged namesake of one of the show's main characters, who in one episode claimed to be "Ryan Howard, the baseball player" in an attempt to gain entry into a New York nightclub.
    Howard began the 2016 season with a protracted slump; by late May, with his batting average at .161 after 39 games and with the arrival of a young promising first baseman in Tommy Joseph, baseball pundits assert that the Phillies should consider simply releasing Howard and let the 36-year-old retire.
    More Details Hide Details On June 1, manager Pete Mackanin announced his plans to keep Howard on the bench so as to give Joseph, a rookie, more playing time at first base.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Zimmerman also filed suit against Al Jazeera for defamation.
  • 2015
    Age 35
    In 2015, Howard batted merely .229, and his 23 HR, 77 RBIs and 138 strikeouts led the last-placed Phillies, even though he missed the last three weeks of the season due to a left knee injury.
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  • 2014
    Age 34
    In 153 games of the 2014 year, Howard struck out an MLB-leading 190 times while batting .223 with 23 home runs and 95 RBI.
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    Howard entered the 2014 season feeling rejuvenated, and looking to utilize the whole field, rather than exclusively pull the ball, as he had done in recent years.
    More Details Hide Details After reaching base in his first three at bats on opening day, Howard batted in the fifth position in the Phillies' second game during which they faced a left-handed pitcher; it ended a streak of 665 starts for Howard in which he batted in the fourth position. On May 31, Howard hit a three-run home run for the 1,000th RBI of his career in an eventual loss to the New York Mets. Howard became the fastest player in MLB history to 1,000 RBIs, accomplishing the feat in only 1,230 games.
  • 2013
    Age 33
    On July 8, 2013, Howard went on the disabled list, missing 6–8 weeks with a torn left meniscus.
    More Details Hide Details He underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear and did not play for the remainder of the season. He was hitting .266, had 11 home runs, and 43 RBIs at the time of his injury.
  • 2012
    Age 32
    Howard married former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader Krystle Campbell in Maui on December 1, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details A longstanding lawsuit between Howard and his family over finances was settled in November 2014.
    He finished the 2012 season with a .219 batting average, 14 home runs, and 56 RBI in 71 games.
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    On July 6, 2012, he was activated for his first game of the 2012 season, in which he went 2-for-4 with a double in a 5-0 Phillies loss.
    More Details Hide Details Howard hit his 300th career home run on September 22; his season ended one week later on September 29 after suffering a small fracture in his big right toe.
    Howard began the 2012 season on the 15-Day DL.
    More Details Hide Details He said in a podcast in early June that his Achilles tendon injury is "progressing at a positive pace".
    His injury required surgery and as a result, he missed the start of the 2012 season.
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  • 2011
    Age 31
    In Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS vs the St. Louis Cardinals, Howard was the last batter to ground out before the Phillies lost the series.
    More Details Hide Details Howard tore his Achilles tendon when running to first base on the final play of the game, a ground out to the second baseman, Nick Punto.
    During the 2011 season, Howard had a batting average of .253, 33 home runs and 116 RBIs.
    More Details Hide Details It was his sixth consecutive 30 home run and 100 RBI season, a Phillies franchise record.
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was also the first designated hitter in a NL ballpark during a regular-season game when the Phillies played as the road team against the Toronto Blue Jays in Citizens Bank Park on June 25. Major League Baseball moved the interleague series to Philadelphia due to the G-20 Summit taking place near the Rogers Centre in Toronto. On August 1, Howard sprained his ankle while returning to second base on a baserunning play, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. On August 24, he was ejected in the 14th inning by 3rd base umpire Scott Barry for arguing a check swing strikeout. With no position players left the Phillies had to use a pitcher to replace Howard. On September 8, Howard hit his 250th home run in only 855 games, which made him pass Ralph Kiner as the quickest player in history to reach that milestone.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    However, Howard struggled against the New York Yankees during the 2009 World Series, surpassing Willie Wilson's record by striking out 13 times in the series.
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    Howard ended the season tied with Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder for the major league lead in RBIs with 141. 2009 National League Division Series (NLDS) against the Colorado Rockies, Howard hit a game-tying double with two outs in the top of the ninth off of closer Huston Street.
    More Details Hide Details Howard scored the winning run on a Jayson Werth single. After tying Lou Gehrig's record for the most consecutive postseason games with an RBI, Howard won the NLCS MVP award on October 21.
    Howard was named to the 2009 All Star team and also competed in the Home Run Derby.
    More Details Hide Details On June 20, Howard was checked into the hospital early that morning with a 104 degree fever, but pinch-hit later that day, hitting a home run. A month later, against the Florida Marlins on July 16, Howard hit his 200th career home run, making him the fastest player ever to that mark. It took Howard 658 games to reach 200 long-balls, beating out the previous titleholder, Ralph Kiner (706 games). In August, Howard hit 11 home runs with 33 runs batted in, after just six the month before. On August 24, in a game against the New York Mets, Howard went 2 for 5 with 2 home runs and 5 runs batted in. Howard also recorded his 100th runs batted in of the season. This marked the fourth consecutive season that Howard had reached the 100 runs batted in mark. His batting average in the month was .299, raising his overall average to .275. He was named the NL Player of the Month for these achievements. Howard was named NL Player of the Week on August 31. Howard hit 5 home runs, 12 runs batted in, 28 total bases, and a 1,000 slugging percentage during that stretch. On September 18, in a game against the Braves, Howard hit his 39th and 40th home run of the season. This mark the fourth time in his career that he has hit 40 or more home runs in a season.
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 28
    Howard drove in his 100th run of the 2008 season on August 1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking his third consecutive season with at least 100 RBI.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season with 146 RBIs and a .251 batting average. His contributions again helped lead the Phillies to the division title and the post-season. Against Milwaukee in the first round he batted a mere .182 average and only batted in one run. Things picked up as he delivered with a .300 batting average against the Dodgers in the next round although he only delivered 2 RBIs and still remained in his home run drought in the post-season. However, as the Phillies advanced to the World Series he finally started delivering significantly with 6 RBIs, .286 batting average, and 3 home runs (which tied Donn Clendenon's 1969 World Series record for most home runs in a five-game Series) – two of which came in game 4 (which also drove in 5 RBIs) as the Phillies took a commanding 3–1 series lead. The Phillies eventually won the series in 5 games to bring the Phillies their first World Series championship since 1980, and Philadelphia their first major sports championship since 1983; he finished second in the voting for the 2008 NL MVP award, behind Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals. Howard won his second Babe Ruth Home Run Award and his second Josh Gibson Legacy Award, leading MLB with 48 home runs.
    Howard began the 2008 season in a slump, finishing the month of April with a batting average of just .172 and going 2-for-25 to close out the month.
    More Details Hide Details He fared better in May, averaging .238 with ten home runs and 30 RBI for the month, and finishing out May just north of the Mendoza Line with an overall batting average of .205. Howard hit his 15th home run of the season in a 7–3 loss to the Florida Marlins on May 30, and teammate Chase Utley hit his 15th homer on May 25. The two became the first pair of Phillies to hit 15 home runs each before June. On June 13, Howard hit two home runs and had 5 RBIs in a 20–2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. This included the second of a first-inning set of back-to-back-to-back Philadelphia home runs. It was the seventh time that the Phillies had hit three consecutive home runs, the first since May 18, 2004, and the fourth occurrence by any team in the 2008 Major League Baseball season. On June 16, Howard again hit two home runs and drove in four in an 8–2 win over the Boston Red Sox for his 15th career multi-homer game; the four-day span between multi-homer games was the shortest of his career. In stark contrast, Howard went 0-for-4 the next night with four strike outs in a 3–0 loss for his tenth career golden sombrero.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Phillies had offered $7 million to Howard in salary.
  • 2007
    Age 27
    His final 2007 season totals were a .268 average, with 47 home runs and 136 runs batted in, helping the Phillies win the National League East title on the final day of the season to earn their first postseason berth since the 1993 World Series.
    More Details Hide Details The Phillies were swept by the Colorado Rockies (who had won a one-game playoff against the San Diego Padres for the NL Wild Card) in the 2007 National League Division Series; Howard homered off Jeremy Affeldt in Game Two, but also struck out seven times in his other 11 at-bats.
    Howard had his first career stolen base on August 21, 2007 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    More Details Hide Details On September 17, Howard hit 2 home runs, which gave him his 39th and 40th home run of the season. On September 27, he established a new major league record by striking out for his 196th and 197th time, breaking the old record of 195 (he tied it on September 23), set by Adam Dunn in 2004. He ended the season with 199 strikeouts, striking out an NL-highest 37.6% of the time.
    Though Howard did not compete in the 2007 MLB All-Star Game, he was chosen to compete in the 2007 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby for the second straight year in order to defend his title.
    More Details Hide Details However Howard only hit 3 home runs in the first round and did not advance. After coming back from the DL, Howard had a "power surge", as he quickly climbed to second on the home run leaders list in the National League. On July 25, Howard hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the Phillies a victory over the Washington Nationals.
    On March 2, 2007, the Phillies renewed Howard's contract in a one-year deal for $900,000, the highest salary ever offered to a player not eligible for salary arbitration.
    More Details Hide Details On May 9, Howard hit his 4th career grand slam against Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Medders when he came into the game as a pinch hitter for Wes Helms. On May 13, Howard was placed on the disabled list with a left quadriceps strain after missing five straight games. Howard fielded grounders for about 45 minutes before the Phillies game with the Toronto Blue Jays on May 20. Howard returned to the lineup on May 25, after a rehabilitation assignment with the class A Lakewood team as a designated hitter. He hit a home run in his first at-bat there. On May 27, he hit two home runs in a win that helped the Phillies sweep the Braves. On June 27, Howard hit a home run, and became the fastest player in Major League Baseball history to hit 100 home runs. The accomplishment was achieved in only 325 games, 60 games fewer than the 385 games that Ralph Kiner needed to hit his first 100 home runs from 1946 to 1948.
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 26
    On November 8, Howard was named by his fellow major league players as the Player of the Year and the National League Outstanding Position Player in the 2006 Players Choice Awards balloting.
    More Details Hide Details He succeeded Atlanta Braves outfielder Andruw Jones, the 2005 winner of both awards. On the same day, following a 5–3 win over Nippon Professional Baseball that capped a five-game international sweep by the MLB in the Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series, Howard was named the Series MVP; he hit .558 with eight runs, three doubles, four homers and eight RBI. On November 10, Howard was awarded the National League Silver Slugger Award at first base. On November 20, he won the National League MVP award, and became one of three players in baseball history to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in consecutive seasons, joining Cal Ripken, Jr and later joined by Dustin Pedroia in the 2008 season. Howard received the Babe Ruth Home Run Award for leading MLB in home runs. He also received the Pride of Philadelphia Award from the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
    On October 25, Howard was awarded the 2006 NL Hank Aaron Award.
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    On October 10, Howard was named The Sporting News 2006 Player of the Year.
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    Howard finished the 2006 season with a .313 batting average, 58 home runs, and 149 runs batted in.
    More Details Hide Details He also set the Phillies' franchise record with 37 intentional walks. Howard and Ortiz were the only hitters to hit 50 or more home runs that season. Howard's 58 home runs was the most by a player in his sophomore season. In the process, Howard became the first Phillies' batter to win the home run title since Jim Thome did it in 2003. On October 2, Howard was named the NL Player of the Month for September. Howard, who also won the award in August, became the first player since Albert Pujols in May and June 2003, to win the award back-to-back.
  • 2005
    Age 25
    Howard was the second consecutive Phillie to win the Derby, with Bobby Abreu hitting a record 41 home runs in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Howard went for 1 with a groundout in the All Star Game. On July 30, against the Florida Marlins, Howard tied a Major League record by walking five times, including an intentional walk in the eight inning. From August 25 to 29, Howard hit home runs in four consecutive games; on the 29th, Howard hit his 48th home run of the season to tie Mike Schmidt for the Phillies single-season record. On August 31, Howard hit a home run into the upper deck of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium to surpass Schmidt as the Phillies' single-season home run record holder. On September 3, Howard went 4-for-4 with three home runs and a single in an 8–7 win over the Atlanta Braves, to become the first Philadelphia Phillies batter and the 24th player in Major League history to hit 50 home runs in a season. Howard became the first player to reach 50 home runs in a season since Andruw Jones, who hit 51 home runs the previous year. Reaching 52 home runs in the game, Howard also broke Ralph Kiner's 1947 record for home runs in a sophomore season, becoming just the second batter to hit 50 home runs in a second season. Howard's performance from August 28 to September 3 earned him NL Player of the Week. During that span, Howard batted .571 with six home runs and 12 runs batted in.
    After the 2005 season, the Phillies faced a dilemma involving Thome and Howard.
    More Details Hide Details Both were very talented and proven power hitters; Thome was the biggest free agent player the Phillies signed prior to the 2003 season, but Howard was the reigning Rookie of the Year and a promising young player. Before the 2006 season, the Phillies traded Thome in order to make room for Howard. Howard began the 2006 season as the Phillies' starting first baseman. Howard hit his first home run of the season on April 3, off the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter. On April 23, Howard became the first player to hit a home run into Ashburn Alley at Citizens Bank Park. The home run traveled and was hit off Sergio Mitre of the Florida Marlins. It was the first of two Howard hit in the game, the first multi-home run game of his career. From May 20 to 29, Howard had at least a RBI in nine consecutive games. During that stretch, Howard hit six home runs and drove in 17 runs. He also became the first player to hit a home run into the third deck of the park in right field when he connected off Mike Mussina on June 20, a long-ball that was again his first of two home runs. To honor the home run, the Phillies painted a white H on the seat where the ball was caught. Howard collected seven RBI on the two home runs and a triple in the 9–7 loss, becoming the first Phillies batter to drive in seven runs since pitcher Robert Person on June 2, 2002.
  • 2004
    Age 24
    Between playing for the Double-A Reading Phillies, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and the Philadelphia Phillies, Howard hit 48 home runs, which was tied for the highest total in organized baseball in 2004 along with Adrián Beltré of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    More Details Hide Details On May 15, Howard recorded his first three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, and a run-scored in a 4–3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. On July 3, Howard recorded his first three-RBI game against the Atlanta Braves. On August 23, he recorded his first four-hit game, going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two singles, three RBI and three runs-scored in a 10–2 win over the San Francisco Giants. On July 1, Howard became the Phillies' everyday first baseman when Thome was sidelined for the season with an elbow injury. Howard was named National League (NL) Rookie of the Month in September. He batted .278 with 10 home runs and 22 runs batted in. In honor of winning the award, he received a specially-designed trophy. Howard led all major league rookies with 22 home runs and posted a .288 average and 63 RBI in just 312 at-bats and 88 games. He hit 11 home runs and 27 RBI in September and October. Howard finished his rookie season with 17 doubles, two triples, 52 runs scored, and 100 strikeouts and 63 runs batted in as the Phillies battled the Houston Astros for the NL wild card until getting eliminated on the last day of the season. Howard was rewarded for his effort by being named NL Rookie of the Year, the fourth Phillie to win the award.
    Howard had 42 plate appearances in 19 games with the Phillies in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He posted a .282 batting average with two home runs and five RBI; he also hit five doubles, drew two walks, and was hit by a pitch.
    Howard made his MLB debut in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He won the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year Award in 2005 and the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 2006.
  • 2001
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Howard also set the single-season home run record for the Reading Phillies, with 37 in 102 games. On July 31 he was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He became just the fifth minor league player since 1956 to hit at least 46 home runs. Howard won the Joe Bauman Home Run Award in the process. While doing this, he impressed scouts enough that general managers of several teams tried to lure the Phillies' Ed Wade into trading him, as Jim Thome was blocking his path to the majors. On September 1, Howard made his first Major League plate appearance, striking out against Jaret Wright in a pinch-hit at-bat (for Vicente Padilla) in a 7–2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. On September 6, Howard logged his first Major League hit in a single at-bat in a 3–1 loss to the Braves; on September 8, he recorded his first multi-hit game with a double and a single in a 4–1 win over the Braves. On September 11, Howard hit his first Major League home run off Bartolomé Fortunato, driving in his first RBI and scoring his first run in an 11–9 win over the New York Mets.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 19
    He was the 1999 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Missouri State retired his number on December 18, 2010. He played one summer in the Central Illinois Collegiate League, a league partially funded by Major League Baseball (MLB) for future prospects to develop.
  • 1998
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Howard finished his collegiate career with 50 home runs, 183 runs batted in (RBIs), and a .335 career batting average in 172 games played.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on November 19, 1979.
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