Happy Birthday to Ryan Howard, who turns 30 today. Howard, a BlueClaws 1B in 2002, has been one of the most dominating offensive players in baseball over the last five years, from his Rookie of the Year in 2005, MVP in 2006, and only 140 home runs over the last three years (and 220 in his career).
Earlier this year, he became the fastest player (in games played) to hit 200 career home runs (658th game, 48 faster than Ralph Kiner).
Projecting some numbers out a little bit…if Howard averages per year what he has done on average the last five…
- He would hit his 400th home run in 2013
- He would hit his 500th home run in 2015 (at age 35)
- He would hit his 600th home run in 2017 (at age 37)
- He would hit his 700th home run in 2019 (at age 39)
So there you have it. Happy Birthday to Ryan, a great BlueClaw and a great Phillie. Many more.