Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki that he is tired of hearing about his age and injuries. Howard went on to say that he "definitely" thinks he can be a 30 home run - 100 RBI player again. The comparison was made between Howard now and Red Sox slugger David Ortiz four years ago.
Pardon me for taking the skeptical side on this one. Howard has not played more than 80 games in a season since 2011 and hasn't been a 30-100 since then either. Two years into his five-year, $125 million extension, he has played in 151 games, hit 25 home runs, and drove in 99 RBIs combined. Health absolutely plays a role in this but so does Howard's approach. I can't remember the last time Howard made an adjustment to the pitcher.
Think about the approach to getting Howard out - keep the ball down and away. That wasn't difficult to figure out. The book is out on him. Now it falls on Howard to adjust to pitchers, something he reportedly has not been open to doing.
Remember when he used to be a 45+ home run - 140+ RBI guy? Let's not get greedy.
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