Powered Howard Wins Top Award
Ryan Howard was born on November 19 1979 in St Louis Missouri. He has a twin brother, an older brother and a sister.
He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1998 and went on to study at Missouri Sate University.
Whilst playing in the Phillies minor leagues Ryan Howard quickly rose winning consecutive MVP awards in both the Florida States and Eastern Leagues.
As a led to many scouts who were impressed by his performance trieing to coax the Phillies into trading him.
Ryan Howard finally made his Major League debut on September 1 2004 for the Philadelphia Phillies.
By the end of his second week had hit his first home run as well as hitting his first single and double at-bat hits and a double and single in a multi hit game.
He went on to notch up 42 plate appearances in 19 games, posting a .282 batting average with two home runs and five RBI during his first season with the Phillies .
He also drew two walks, hit five doubles and equaled the highest total of home runs, 48, in the season with Adrian Beltre of the Dodgers.
He success continued into 2005 with a three hit game in May and a four hit game later in August, scoring a double, a home run, two singles, three RBI and three runs.
He was also nominated the Phillies' first batsman when Jim Thome was forced to sit out the rest of the season due to an elbow injury.
By the end of the season Ryan Howard led the major league rookies with 22 home runs and a .288 batting average, and 63 RBI in 88 games. Because of this Ryan was awarded the NL's Rookie of the Year Award making him one of only four Phillie to win this prestigious award.
This left the Phillies with the predicament of having to excellent top quality sluggers. Therefore to make room for Howard Jim Thome was finally traded off to the Chicago White Sox.
Ryan Howard's 2006/7 Season started off equally well when he became the first player to hit a home run into Ashburn Alley at Citizens Bank Park.
Later in the same game he also became the first hitter to hit the ball into the third deck of the park on the right side.
By player ballot he was name reserve baseman for his first All-Star game.
Before the game he participated in the 21 Home Run Derby which he won with 23 home runs, beating David Wright in the final round.
In September he became the Phillies' single season home run record holder, after hitting the ball into the upper deck of Robert F Kennedy Memorial Stadium, and scoring his 50 home run.
He is only the 24th player in major league history to hit more than 50 home runs in a single season which he soon bettered by bringing his total up to 58 home runs which made him the eighth player in history to achieve this.
On September 5 Ryan Howard was named as the Player of the Month in August with 41 RBI's, the most ever in one month since 1962, and 14 home runs which also set a new record.
He won the award again in October, for September, making him the only player for three years to receive this award for two consecutive months.
Later in the same month he also hit his 58th home run, making him only the eighth hitter to achieve this in a single season.
On the same day the Philadelphia Baseball Writers of America gave Ryan Howard the Mike Scmidt Most Valuable Player award.
He won several other awards over the following months including the Sporting News Player of the Year 2006 and the National League Hank Aaron Award in October.
November saw him pick up the Player of the Year and the National League Outstanding Position Player awards in the 2006 Choice Awards balloting which is voted on by fellow Major League players.
He was also was named the MVP after a 5 game International series held in Japan. And then, to cap the month off he was awarded the National League Slugger Award at first base.
His 2007 season got off to a good start when the Phillies renew his contract in a one-year deal worth $900,000 and hitting his fourth career Grand Slam but unfortunately after this game he was ruled out of play due to a quadriceps strain.
Ryan Howard is best known for his hitting talents and has often been criticized and chastised about his defense abilities. He has a group of loyal fans known as "Howard's Homers" who wear Homer Simpson masks.
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