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It's been 5 full seasons that we've seen Ryan Howard make his mark in MLB baseball as a Phillies player. He did get his start in 2004 with a scant 19 games but in only 5 full seasons, it seems that Ryan Howard is already half way to the Hall of Fame. The accolades and awards are still pilling up, and so are the home runs. If you look at Baseball-Reference.com, they have a "Hall of Fame Monitor" that they compile various statistics to come up with a number that a player has to reach to be Hall of Fame worthy. Howard is already well past half way toward reaching this goal, according to Baseball-Reference.
It's hard to believe that Howard was drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the amateur draft in 2001. It took him a couple years in the minors to get his chance, but he's made the most of it so far. He's hit 222 home runs through last season. If he hits his current production of 45 or so this season, he'll have almost 270.
If you're a big baseball fan, I say you are seeing history being made with Howard, he's a player that is destined for the Hall, and luckily he's playing for the Phillies.