Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Philadelphia Phillies: Ryan Howard will be gone before season's end

Unless the Philadelphia Phillies push their way back into the National League playoff race by the end of this month, Ryan Howard is sure to be gone. No, in all likelihood not in a trade due to the money and years remaining on his massive contract.


Howard's ongoing knee issues are clearly affecting his ability to drive the ball. My hunch is that he's hanging in there until the season is lost. If (or should we say when) that's very evident, he will either be put on the disabled list and have surgery, or begin some type of rehabilitation program. 

I don't know if the 'Big Piece' will ever be an offensive force again. He turns 34 in November, but has basically been playing hurt. I give him credit for that and hope that's the reason why he's been unable to make any adjustments at the plate this year. 

By this time next season we should have a deeper understanding of where Howard's career is headed.
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Thank you to Stacey Stauffer (Fox 29 Philadelphia). She interviewed Maddie Woytovich, her parents (Jeff and Betsy Woytovich) and me on July 2, 2013 about the latest chapter in this inspiring story. The feature will be shown on an upcoming newscast. 

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