Ryan Howard Stats
One thing you can quickly learn from examining Ryan Howard's stats is the Philadelphia Phillies first baseman is a big-time playmaker. Since his debut with the Phillies in 2004, Howard has carved out a niche as one of Major League Baseball's elite hitters. He was named National League Rookie of the Year in 2005, NL MVP in 2006 and selected as an all-star in 2006, 2009 and 2010. The stats below show why Howard continues to be one of the sport's rising stars:
- 253: Since his initial September, 2004 call-up to the MLB, Howard has terrorized opposing pitchers. He already has 253 career home runs. Howard passed the 100 and 200 home run plateaus faster than any other player in MLB history. He eclipsed 100 home runs in 2007 and passed 200 in 2009. In 2006, Howard blasted 58 home runs to set a Phillies record for the most by a single player in one season.
- 748: Howard has finished with at least 100 RBI for five consecutive seasons and has totaled 748 RBI in his major league career. He averaged 143 RBI per season over a four year stretch from 2006 to 2009.
- 5: For the past five seasons, Howard has posted at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI in the same season. He is the first Phillies to achieve that feat over five straight seasons. Prior to Howard's time, Chuck Klein held the franchise record with for consecutive 30-100 seasons from 1929 to 1932. Howard was also the NL leader in both home runs and RBI twice in the past five years.
- 3: Howard swatted three home runs on six hits during the 2008 World Series to help the Phillies win 4-1 over the Tampa Bay Rays. He also registered a total of six RBI in aiding Philadelphia claiming its first World Series crown since 1980.
- 50: In four years with Missouri State (1998-2001), Howard finished with 50 home runs and 183 RBI. His career batting average was .335 for the Bears and the team finally retired Howard's number in 2010.