RYAN HOWARD RUMORS & GOSSIP

Ryan Howard: Banning defensive shifts ‘would help me out’

Not surprisingly, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard isn’t fond of defensive shifts. Speaking to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, Howard believes the shift takes away up to 50 hits a year for him. “[The shift can] take away 30, 40, 50 hits a year,” Howard said. With that in mind, it’s not surprising what he thinks of a plan that’s been floated to limit...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 09, 2016  |  Discuss

MLB clears Zimmerman, Howard in PED investigation

Major League Baseball completed its investigation into the allegations made against Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman and Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard by an Al-Jazeera documentary, and has found neither player guilty of any wrongdoing. The league said in a statement released Friday that both players fully cooperated with the investigation, and the league found no evidence that they...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard rips Phillies fan who threw beer bottle at him

What is undoubtedly Ryan Howard’s final season in Philadelphia continues to take a rather unfortunate turn. A Phillies fan threw a beer bottle at Howard as he was walking off the field after Saturday’s loss to Milwaukee, and Howard was none too happy with that. “I’ve done too much in this town to have that kind of stuff,” Howard said, via Matt Breen of Philly.com. ...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Phillies manager: There’s no hiding Ryan Howard is having a terrible year

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has been with the team since 2004, and given his struggles at the plate over the last few years, it’s a wonder he hasn’t been traded or released by now. Howard is hitting just .153 so far this season, and his on-base percentage is even worse (.214). In comparison, back in 2006 which was arguably his best year, he hit .313 with...
Via The Sports Daily
June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded, but more along the lines of a “what if” scenario. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective and made up solely of notable names. A player can be deemed...
Via The Sports Post
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Ryan Howard’s tenure with the Phillies over?

In a season where Philadelphia Phillies fans have been more excited for the season to end than for it to start, pieces of the team’s past glory have been fading into obscurity and/or wearing different uniforms. With Cole Hamels traded to the Texas Rangers, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley now in Los Angeles playing for the Dodgers, and Ruben Amaro, Jr. recently jobless, the only...
Via isportsweb.com
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Reassessing Ryan Howard’s Trade Value

You remember the offseason that was. It was the offseason in which the Phillies said outright they’d be better off without Ryan Howard. And it was the offseason that concluded with Ryan Howard still on the Phillies. Things could’ve been more awkward than they were, and a conversation did take place between the parties that […]
Via Fangraphs
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Ryan Howard actually valuable again?

I know you’ve probably heard this before, but the Philadelphia Phillies are not a good baseball team. Sure, they are only seven games out of the first place Washington Nationals, but when one of your best hitters is Freddy Galvis, you know you’re in trouble. However, there is a player on the Phillies who has seemed to emerge from three-year long slump, someone who is somehow...
Via The Outside Corner
May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies reportedly willing to eat most of Howard's contract

By Jason Rowan If the most recent reports regarding the increasingly uncertain future of Ryan Howard remaining a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization are any indication, the team is willing to do just about anything to part ways with him, including eating an enormous amount of his contract to effectuate said parting. Sports On Earth’s Anthony Castrovince reports...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies GM apologizes to Ryan Howard for critical remarks

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke with Ryan Howard recently to apologize for comments he made earlier in the offseason about the struggling first baseman. Back in December, Amaro, who was trying to trade Howard, said on the radio that he told Howard the team would be better off without him. “We’ve talked to Ryan. And I told him that in our situation it would probably bode better...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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