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Current Team Philadelphia Phillies

Full Name: Ryan James Howard Primary Position: 1B
Height/Weight: 6'4"/235 First Game: September 1, 2004
Birthdate: November 19, 1979 MLB Experience: 4 yrs.
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri College: Missouri State
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Ryan James Howard (born November 19, 1979 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a baseball player who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies, and in 2006 won the National League MVP. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1998 and attended Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University). He bats and throws left handed; he has a twin brother, an older brother, and a sister, and claims to be the smallest of the Howard sons.

Career Highlights

Scouting Report

Howard is one of the top hitters in the game. Although he strikes out a lot, he plays most of his games in a hitter's park. He is often criticized for his poor defensive skills.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2004 PHI N 19 39 5 11 2 5 .282 .333 .564 5 0 2 13 1 0 0 0 2
2005 PHI N 88 312 52 90 22 63 .288 .356 .567 17 2 33 100 1 0 0 8 6
2006 PHI N 159 581 104 182 58 149 .313 .425 .659 25 1 108 181 9 0 0 37 7
2007 PHI N 144 529 94 142 47 136 .268 .392 .584 26 0 107 199 5 0 1 35 13
Total 410 1461 255 425 129 353 .291 .397 .610 73 3 250 493 16 0 1 80 28

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO TC A E DP FPCT
2004 PHI 1B 8 5 60 59 65 6 0 9 1.000
2005 PHI 1B 84 79 706 707 752 40 5 53 .993
2006 PHI 1B 159 157 1412 1373 1478 91 14 139 .991
2007 PHI 1B 140 138 1241 1191 1306 103 12 124 .991
Total 1B395 383 3446 3351 3625 243 31 326 .991

Transactions

Trivia

  • Howard surpassed Ralph Kiner as the new leader for home runs in his sophomore season in 2006; Kiner had 51 in 1947, while Howard had 58.
  • He is also tied with several others for the most walks in a 9 inning game (5).
  • On September 4, 2007, Howard passed Cecil Fielder for the most homers in his first 1,000 career at-bats; Howard was able to hit 85, while Fielder only hit 76.
  • He holds the record for the fewest games played to hit 100 home runs (325). Once again, he passed Ralph Kiner (385).
  • In 2007, he struck out 199 times, which is currently the record for the most strikeouts in a season.
  • Howard has his own following group in Citizens Bank Park called "Howard's Homers".
  • He appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman along with teammate Jimmy Rollins on April 11, 2007.
  • He is a representative athlete for Under Armour.
  • Howard appears in TV ads for the restaurant Subway.
  • Ryan became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc in the Fall of 2000 and his line name is BLUE HURT.
  • Howard has a twin brother, an older brother, and a sister, and claims to be the smallest of the Howard sons.

He played trombone in high school.


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