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Troubling signs for Phils' Howard

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07:13 AM ET 05.28 | Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay have all been placed on the DL this month. Along with Ryan Howard, they were the three injured players that defined a lost 2012 season that saw the Phils finished with a non-winning record for the first time since 2002. Howard hasn't joined the trio of injured Phils on the DL, but he has sat out of the starting lineup three times in the last seven games. His left knee pain, is at best, troubling. ... Q: Are you fearful this is going to go on all year? Howard: Right now I'm just looking at it day to day. Sometimes it's a little more, sometimes it's a little less. Obviously that's going to be something. Right now I'm looking at it day to day, and trying to run with the good days.

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May 28, 2013  08:48 AM ET

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May 28, 2013  08:48 AM ET

Getting old before his time... big contract too.

May 28, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Large dollars.

May 28, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Large dollars.

Yes, isn't it nice the Dodgers swept up all of Boston's large dollars.

I feel sunny and warm all over.

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May 28, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If the Phillies can deal this guy, they better do it.An AL team would be good, as Howard could alternate between DH and first.

Why would anybody want to pick up a really slow 33 year old who has been a below average hitter the last two seasons to be a DH?

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May 28, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If the Phillies can deal this guy, they better do it.An AL team would be good, as Howard could alternate between DH and first.

They would have to pull a Vernon Wells and eat 75% of the contract. Teams are not really in to taking on these guys anymore with their own money.

May 28, 2013  10:10 AM ET

I won't badmouth my boys. The Phillies tried to put the pieces together (and good pieces they were) to win multiple World Series. They invested in players that in the end would probably cost them in the wallet but they tried. Phillies attendance in 2012 averaged 44,021 (1st in the league). While Rockies fans averaged 32,474 (12th in the league). This while the Rockies have stunk up Coors field for the past few years and the owners are pulling in money in bundles. Yet the Rockies refuse to go out and pay for one or two top free agents. Yes I might see my Phillies stink in the years to come but I'm okay that they tried.

May 28, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Phillies are getting to the point where they may want to start a senior league again. Phillies are in a catch 22. They need to get younger but guys like Utley Howard Ruiz Rollins Halliday and Lee. Other than Lee. rest of them are hard to unload. Most teams do not want to take on players who are maybe 1 or 2 years away from retirement. Lee , Ruiz, And maybe Rollins could maybe give a team like Houston or Florida a couple of years to bridge gap until prospects mature into ML ready.

May 28, 2013  10:58 AM ET

<awaits Chasin's obligatory 'Howard was the youngest player ever to reach 100 & 200 HR milestones' post>

May 28, 2013  12:08 PM ET

Cryin ryan howard---- the man with the nose of four men.... he needs to find another line of work--- what a waste..

May 28, 2013  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

<awaits Chasin's obligatory 'Howard was the youngest player ever to reach 100 & 200 HR milestones' post>

He's got 306 career homeruns. At the rate he is physically deteriorating and his game is regressing, 400 may be a stretch. As a rookie, I would have pegged him as a 500+ career HR guy. Today, I can't see it happening.

May 28, 2013  12:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

<awaits Chasin's obligatory 'Howard was the youngest player ever to reach 100 & 200 HR milestones' post>

He sure as hell was not the YOUNGEST to reach those milestones...Howard was 25 when he got his first half season in, and Jimmie Foxx had hit 200 HRs by the end of his age 25 season (hit 48 that year and 58 when he was 24). Howard may have reached those milestones in the fewest number of games in his career, that's believeable.

May 28, 2013  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

He's got 306 career homeruns. At the rate he is physically deteriorating and his game is regressing, 400 may be a stretch. As a rookie, I would have pegged him as a 500+ career HR guy. Today, I can't see it happening.

He was a pretty old rookie...gotta watch out for those guys (like Ron Kittle).

May 28, 2013  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

<awaits Chasin's obligatory 'Howard was the youngest player ever to reach 100 & 200 HR milestones' post>

There is another Philly fan that claims that Howard is still very "feared" as a left-handed power hitter.

I'm afraid not.

May 28, 2013  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

There is another Philly fan that claims that Howard is still very "feared" as a left-handed power hitter.I'm afraid not.

Howard is very much feared by the Phillies' front office and manager.

May 28, 2013  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

He sure as hell was not the YOUNGEST to reach those milestones...Howard was 25 when he got his first half season in, and Jimmie Foxx had hit 200 HRs by the end of his age 25 season (hit 48 that year and 58 when he was 24). Howard may have reached those milestones in the fewest number of games in his career, that's believeable.

FASTEST to reach those milestones (i.e. fewest games played to reach each milestone)......hey they paid Thome LARGE sums of money which kept Howard in the minors - guess they just postponed the inevitable.........

May 28, 2013  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

<awaits Chasin's obligatory 'Howard was the youngest player ever to reach 100 & 200 HR milestones' post>

I'd expect a more accurate recounting of my statements Mr. Statistician.................my recommendation is enjoy your Injuns while they're good becuase you never know when the ride's gonna end..........

 
May 28, 2013  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I'd expect a more accurate recounting of my statements Mr. Statistician.................my recommendation is enjoy your Injuns while they're good becuase you never know when the ride's gonna end..........

OK, thanks for the clarification...there's a big difference!

It's hard to believe, but Howard is actually older than Pujols.

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