It Was Ryan Howard’s Extension, Not Injuries, That Signaled End of Phillies Era

Phil Sheridan’s latest column for the Inquirer is titled, “Howard injury may signal end of Phillies era”. Ryan Howard was recently placed on the disabled list with the same knee injury that has been nagging him all season. The Phillies haven’t ruled out surgery as an option to get the slugger back on track. Between June 11 and his last game on July 5, Howard had posted a .930 OPS in 86 trips to the plate and overall was hitting ten percent better than the league average. Sheridan says that with Howard gone, the Phillies may end up selling off some of the other standbys like Chase Utley, effectively ending arguably the greatest era of Phillies baseball.

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