Pitchers Approaching Ryan Howard Just How You Thought

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  1. Mark66

    April 10, 2014 11:10 AM

    Howard has not and CAN NOT adjust to the pitching. Sandberg needs to platoon him and get him out of the 4 spot. I don’t care if it hurts his ego or that is what he is paid for. The longer you don’t address the issue the more often you will lose.

    • jon davis

      April 10, 2014 11:17 AM

      I agree totally. I have said this since spring training started.
      Howard won’t change, he still can’t hit left handed pitching, still will not
      go to left field.
      I thought that when you pay somebody 25 million a year you might have the right to do what is best for the team, not worry about the players ego.

      Just platoon him.

    • Salwc2k

      April 11, 2014 06:57 PM

      Totally agree. What I can’t understand is how a major Leaguer making 25mil/per season is unable to hit to the opposite field, or at the very least lay off pitches that are way outside and low. The pitches he swings at astound me at how far off the plate they are. Something needs to be done because after all these years if he hasn’t learned the above yet then I doubt that all of a sudden he’ll have an epithany and start hitting left-handers or draw more walks.

  2. Mark66

    April 10, 2014 02:08 PM

    Howard is playing like a 40 year old. His lack of hitting, his poor fielding (helped in yesterday’s loss), his lack of running ability. He is a player that you have to pick your spots with. He CANNOT play like an everyday productive player anymore. So front office, get over it. He is the MOST overpaid player in baseball. Take advantage of what little he has left in the tank and use him sparingly.

    • MikeD

      April 11, 2014 04:59 PM

      Rubin will never do this because he would then be admitting what a massive screw up this contract was…

  3. Bob S

    April 10, 2014 02:32 PM

    The Phillies have to cut their losses. Howard can’t hit, throw, run, play defense. Other than that he is a wonderful player. What he is still good at is collecting his huge salary, spitting on his batting gloves and striking out. Can’t see how that helps the team.

    • Mark66

      April 10, 2014 03:34 PM

      Amen to that. The front office can only make excuses for so long

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