Former NL MVP Ryan Howard to join Isotopes

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2017

Prior to the Rockies taking on the Miami Marlins in the second game of a three-game series in south Florida, Colorado announced that it had signed former Philadelphia Phillies All-Star Ryan Howard to a minor league contract.

He left the city as one of the best players in Phillies' history.

The 37-year-old first baseman last played in 2016, hitting.196 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs over 112 games as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, his 13th season with the team.

Howard spent a little over two weeks with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate and the results weren't encouraging, leading to his release: he slashed.184/.238/.263 in 11 games and had one extra-base hit - a home run - while striking out 11 times and walking twice (once intentionally) in 42 plate appearances with the Gwinnett County Braves. Throughout his career, Howard has blasted 382 home runs and drove in 1,194 runs at the major league level. He led the league in home runs in both 2006 and 2008, and has almost 400 homers (382 to be exact) in his 13-year career.

Howard won Rookie of the Year honor with the Phillies in 2005, swatting 22 homers and hitting.288.

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