68 Facts About Ryan Howard


Ryan James Howard was born on November 19,1979, and nicknamed "the Big Piece", is an American former professional baseball first baseman.

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Ryan Howard is known for being the fastest player in baseball history to reach 100 home runs and 200 home runs.

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Ryan Howard won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2005 and the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 2006.

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Ryan Howard was a three-time NL All-Star, and won the Silver Slugger Award, Hank Aaron Award, and the NL Championship Series MVP Award in 2009.

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Ryan Howard was a two-time NL home run champion, 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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Ryan Howard is tied with Sammy Sosa for the most National League 140 RBI seasons at three and the most National League 130 RBI seasons at four.

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Ryan Howard attended Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri, and Missouri State University, where he played college baseball for the Bears from 1998 to 2001.

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Ryan Howard was the 1999 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year.

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Ryan Howard played one summer in the Central Illinois Collegiate League, a league partially funded by Major League Baseball for future prospects to develop.

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Ryan Howard ascended the Phillies' minor league system, earning consecutive awards in the Florida State League and Eastern League in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

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Ryan Howard set the single-season home run record for the Reading Phillies, with 37 in 102 games.

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Ryan Howard became just the fifth minor league player since 1956 to hit at least 46 home runs.

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Ryan Howard was named by Major League Baseball one of the best first basemen in Philadelphia Phillies History.

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Ryan Howard had 42 plate appearances in 19 games with the Phillies in 2004.

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Ryan 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.

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Ryan Howard was rewarded for his effort by being named NL Rookie of the Year, the fourth Phillie to win the award.

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Ryan Howard was voted the Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball Awards NL Rookie of the Year and received the NLBM Larry Doby Legacy Award.

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Ryan Howard began the 2006 season as the Phillies' starting first baseman.

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Ryan Howard was named to his first All-Star game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh as a reserve first baseman, by the player ballot.

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Ryan Howard participated in the Century 21 Home Run Derby prior to the game, and won the contest with a total of 23 home runs, defeating the New York Mets' third baseman David Wright in the final round.

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Ryan Howard was the second consecutive Phillie to win the Derby, with Bobby Abreu hitting a record 41 home runs in 2005.

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Ryan Howard went 0 for 1 with a groundout in the All Star Game.

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Ryan Howard became the first player to reach 50 home runs in a season since Andruw Jones, who hit 51 home runs the previous year.

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On September 22, Ryan Howard became the first hitter to drive in 140 runs since David Ortiz in 2005.

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Ryan Howard was be walked intentionally in the eleventh and thirteenth inning.

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Ryan Howard became the first Phillies' batter to walk 100 or more times since Thome in 2004.

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Ryan Howard set the Phillies' franchise record with 37 intentional walks.

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Ryan Howard, who won the award in August, became the first player since Albert Pujols in May and June 2003, to win the award back-to-back.

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On October 10, Ryan Howard was named The Sporting News 2006 Player of the Year.

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On November 8, Ryan 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.

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Ryan Howard succeeded Atlanta Braves outfielder Andruw Jones, the 2005 winner of both awards.

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Ryan Howard received the Babe Ruth Home Run Award for leading MLB in home runs.

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Ryan Howard received the Pride of Philadelphia Award from the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

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Ryan Howard received the NLBM Oscar Charleston Legacy Award and the NLBM Josh Gibson Legacy Award.

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However, Ryan Howard only hit three home runs in the first round and did not advance.

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On September 27, Ryan Howard established a new major league record by striking out for his 196th and 197th time, breaking the old record of 195, set by Adam Dunn in 2004.

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Ryan Howard ended the season with 199 strikeouts, striking out an NL-highest 37.

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The Phillies were swept by the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 National League Division Series; Ryan Howard homered off Jeremy Affeldt in Game Two, but struck out seven times in his other 11 at-bats.

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On February 21,2008, Ryan 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.

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Ryan Howard began the 2008 season in a slump, finishing the month of April with a batting average of just.

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Ryan Howard drove in his 100th run of the 2008 season on August 11, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking his third consecutive season with at least 100 RBI.

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Ryan Howard was named to the 2009 National League All-Star team and competed in the Home Run Derby.

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Ryan Howard was named the NL Player of the Month for these achievements.

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Ryan Howard hit 5 home runs, 12 runs batted in, 28 total bases, and a 1,000 slugging percentage during that stretch.

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Ryan Howard ended the season tied with Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder for the major league lead in RBI with 141.

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However, Ryan Howard struggled against the New York Yankees during the 2009 World Series, in which he struck out a record 13 times, passing the mark previously set by Willie Wilson in 1980.

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Ryan Howard had been tied with Chuck Klein, who had four consecutive 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons from 1929 to 1932.

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Ryan Howard was listed with teammates Chase Utley, Jamie Moyer, and Roy Halladay as one of the few active players that were likely to be considered for the Hall of Fame.

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In Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS vs the St Louis Cardinals, Ryan Howard was the last batter to ground out before the Phillies lost the series.

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Ryan 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.

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Ryan Howard's injury required surgery and as a result, he missed the start of the 2012 season.

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Ryan Howard underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear and did not play for the remainder of the season.

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Ryan 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.

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Ryan Howard became the fastest player in MLB history to 1,000 RBI, accomplishing the feat in only 1,230 games.

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Ryan Howard had the lowest batting average against left-handers among all MLB hitters, at.

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Ryan Howard began the 2016 season with a protracted slump; by late May, with his batting average at.

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Ryan Howard hit his 375th home run on August 16,2016, versus the Dodgers.

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Ryan Howard started with Braves extended spring training in Florida before he was assigned to the Gwinnett Braves of the International League.

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On September 4,2018, Ryan Howard announced his retirement via an article appearing on The Players' Tribune.

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Ryan Howard has a fraternal twin brother named Corey, as well as an older brother and a sister.

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Ryan Howard has a son named Darian Alexander, who was born on January 26,2001.

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Ryan Howard is a representative for a number of products including Under Armour and the Subway restaurant chain.

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Ryan 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".

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Ryan Howard appeared as himself during the 7th season of Entourage in the episode "Lose Yourself" and appeared in the final season of The Office, which is set in Scranton and was created during his time in Triple-A there.

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Ryan Howard married former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader Krystle Campbell in Maui on December 1,2012.

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In May 2017, Ryan Howard announced his new role as Partner at SeventySix Capital, a Philadelphia-based venture capital firm led by Wayne Kimmel and Jon Powell.

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Ryan Howard has written six children's books with co-authors Erwin Madrid and his wife, Krystle Ryan Howard, published by Scholastic.

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Ryan Howard was included on the ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2022 when it was announced on November 22,2021.

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