Saturday, August 22, 2015

Howard is ambivalent about where he'll be next year



$155M and some years later, Ryan Howard is still a Phillies player




Ryan Howard is a good interviewee, the other night on Comcast SportsNet from Philadelphia, he was interviewed about his own tenure as a Phillies player and also about Chase Utley who had just been traded to the LA Dodgers.

When asked about what he thought may happen in his own career as far as staying with or being traded from the Phillies, Howard was very non-committal to both. He simply said, he's looking forward to the off-season and staying in shape during that time and whatever happens will happen. He didn't profess any great love for the Phillies, and simply said, if I'm on the Phillies that would be fine or if he's somewhere else, that also would be fine.

I guess so, speaking on the terms of his mega-contract that extends into 2017. Howard is guaranteed at least another nearly $50M dollars from the Phillies any way you look at it.

Roundly criticized as one of the worst ever contracts in baseball, Howard was bestowed the huge $125M dollar contract from Ruben Amaro on the road in San Francisco. It was April 2010, and after the deal was announced on the road, Howard said, "Hopefully there's no riots back in Philadelphia."

There were no riots, but there was plenty of second guessing and since then an iron clad knowledge that it was the wrong time to offer Howard such a huge deal based upon 4 really nice seasons that he put together.

Ruben Amaro bet on the future, and he lost.

Yes, Ryan Howard has been through injury and back, but he was never the same player after he inked his name to that contract. The deal had been done and there was no looking back. Howard's made nearly $155M playing the game of baseball in Philadelphia he's not ambivalent to his bank balance.

The numbers tell a story, Ruben's bet on Howard's career was based on 4 seasons (2006-2009) that were looking like they would take Howard straight to Cooperstown (may he still be Hall worthy?):

Year Age G AB R H 2B HR RBI SO BA Awards
2004 24 19 39 5 11 5 2 5 13 .282
2005 25 88 312 52 90 17 22 63 100 .288 RoY-1
2006 ★ 26 159 581 104 182 25 58 149 181 .313 AS,MVP-1,SS
2007 27 144 529 94 142 26 47 136 199 .268 MVP-5
2008 28 162 610 105 153 26 48 146 199 .251 MVP-2
2009 ★ 29 160 616 105 172 37 45 141 186 .279 AS,MVP-3
2010 ★ 30 143 550 87 152 23 31 108 157 .276 AS,MVP-10
2011 31 152 557 81 141 30 33 116 172 .253 MVP-10
2012 32 71 260 28 57 11 14 56 99 .219
2013 33 80 286 34 76 20 11 43 95 .266
2014 34 153 569 65 127 18 23 95 190 .223
2015 35 109 398 42 93 24 19 65 121 .234
12 Yrs 1440 5307 802 1396 262 353 1123 1712 .263
162 Game Avg. 162 597 90 157 29 40 126 193 .263
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/22/2015.

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