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Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard
MLB Player information
NameRyan Howard
PositionFirst baseman
MLB debutSeptember 1, 2004 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average.275
Home runs286
Runs batted in864
*Philadelphia Phillies (2004 present)
*2005 National League Rookie of the Year * 3× All-Star selection (2006, 2009, 2010) *2006 Silver Slugger at first base *2006 National League MVP *2006 National League Hank Aaron Award *2006 Home Run Derby winner *2× National League home run leader (2006, 2008) *3× National League RBI leader (2006, 2008, 2009) *2008 World Series champion *  National League Championship Series MVP *50 home run club

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Ryan James Howard (born November 19, 1979, in St. Louis, Missouri) is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. Nicknamed "The Big Piece", Howard stands 6 ft 4 in (1.9 m) and weighs 240 lbs (73.2 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.

Due to Howard's reputation as an extreme pull hitter, opposing managers often utilize an unusual infield shift with him at the plate, with the third baseman playing shortstop, the shortstop playing second base, and the second baseman playing in shallow right field.

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