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Ryan Howard to miss rest of season with broken toe

Sep 29, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

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Ryan Howard‘s season ended last year when he was getting out of the batter’s box, but this year it ended in the on-deck circle.

According to Jim Salisbury of, Howard will miss the rest of the season due to a broken big right toe. Howard suffered the injury Thursday when he dropped the lead pipe he uses as a warm-up bat in the on-deck circle on his foot. Seriously. The fracture was confirmed with an X-ray yesterday in Miami.

This is a fitting end to a disappointing season for Howard, who didn’t make his season debut until July 6 after Achilles tendon surgery. He ended up batting just .219/.295/.423 with 14 home runs, 56 RBI and a .718 OPS in 292 plate appearances, including an ugly .604 OPS and 45/5 K/BB ratio in 106 plate appearances against southpaws.

Chances are Howard will see some improvement with a full offseason to get back into shape, but he turns 33 in November and is still owed $20 million next season, $25 million from 2014-2016 and a $10 million buyout on his $23 million club option for 2017. This is one of those contracts where you keep looking back at it to see if it’s as bad as you originally thought. Yep, still bad.

  1. tomdigi - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    I thought this was, not a Phillies troll website?

    • Shafer's Dealer - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      Howard’s future is murkey at best.

    • sumerduckman - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      Even those of us that root for other teams would like to see Mr. Howard back 100 percent at his game.

    • stex52 - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      There’s a difference? But seriously, I hope he has better luck next year.

    • Gonzo - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      15 posts today. One about the Phillies. Stop being a pussy, Tom.

    • cur68 - Sep 29, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      Tom, this is but nothing. A mere trifle. A piffle of a post. Wait till Calcaterra gets up on Monday and has to commit thought to e-ink. That scribbler will surely make hay of this. See you Monday for the slaughter.

  2. tastybasslines - Sep 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Hey Philly, how’s that 125 Million dollar contract working out for you?

    • biasedhomer - Sep 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Pretty bad contract, but its not like this deal will stop them from spending big in the offseason to strengthen the many holes on the offense.

      • paperlions - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        No, the contract won’t stop them….what will is the complete lack of anyone available that is worth spending big on.

    • Gonzo - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      Working pretty well. Didnt stop us from signing Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Papelbon, Rollins.

      The Phils are almost at the Yankees level. Bad contracts dont hurt this team.

      How the fuck is your teams payroll?

      • paperlions - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

        Bad contracts hurt every team…and if you think their payroll didn’t stop them from signing some OF bats last offseason, you weren’t paying attention. In addition, bad contracts lock up a roster spot (and possibly a position) and prevent you from going after better players at the position. Howard was an average 1B last year….he’s likely to be a below average one from here on out.

      • stanggtman - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        Reds in the playoffs with smaller payroll.

  3. mungman69 - Sep 29, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    The Phils will be back on top next year.

  4. em26jamie - Sep 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Why does every Ryan Howard post have to talk about his contract? The money isn’t coming from your pocket, so why do you care? How much does Howard bring to the Phils compared to how much they pay him? And 33 is not old, even in baseball. It’s not like he’s getting hit by DT’s and LB’s like a RB in football.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I think Howard’s foot is cursed.

  6. schmedley69 - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    The amount of space that this website has spent discussing Ryan Howard’s contract over the past few years is just ridiculous. Ryan Howard is far from a perfect player, but he has been a huge part of the Phillies success during their phenomenal 5-year run. He is the big toe in their lineup, and whenever he is out, the lineup can’t stand on it’s own. It’s not surprise that the Phillies record this year was much better with him than without him. Howard can look completely lost at the plate for an entire game, and then hit an upper deck homer in 9th to win the game, like he did against the D.J. Short’s Mets last week. The guy is a dangerous hitter who can put a hurtin on you. Guys like him don’t grow on trees. Did Amaro jump the gun and sign him too early? Yes. Is he over-paid? Yes, but his contract isn’t completely ridiculous like Jayson Werth’s is. Now that is a contract that deserves to be ridiculed. Werth his a complimentary player who always failed in the cleanup spot when Howard was hurt. He is not a big toe. And he’s a complete nut job to boot. I wish Amaro would have signed Howard to a more team-friendly deal, but I’m glad that he’s a Phillie and not a Met. You guys can have Ike Davis and his cheap salary. Enjoy.

    • nategearhart - Sep 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      I completely agree; I am also glad the Phillies overpay Ryan Howard to do nothing.

  7. xxakshunxx - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    I don’t know why everyone gets on Howard’s contract.. I know it’s dumb to think u shouldn’t pay someone for what they did in the past but without Howard coming up big in August/ September from 2007-10 the Phillies wouldn’t have even made the playoffs and the team would barely be relevant as a contender or a destinitation any player would want to go to..

  8. prosourcetalk - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Ha, Philly fans better come to terms with the fact that they’re going to be hearing an awful lot about this contract over the next 4 years.

    • brewcitybummer - Sep 30, 2012 at 6:02 AM

      How much attention Howards contract gets will depend on how soon Fielder and Pujols contracts start looking really bad. We won’t have any right to be stunned if both of those first baseman look done in the next two years. Pujols has already struggled and Fielder’s career averages never justified anything close to that contract.

  9. blacksables - Sep 30, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    Sure, it was an overpaid contract. But since Howard has been on the Phillies, here are their finishes:

    2005: finished 2nd (2.0 games back) Howard played half a season
    2006: finished 2nd
    2007: won the divison
    2008: won the World Series
    2009: lost the World Series
    2010: lost the League Champion Series
    2011: lost the League Champion Series

    That’s 1 World Series winner, 1 loser, 2 pennants, and the chance to play in two more.

    Are you seriously suggesting that Howard had nothing to do with that success? That they would have won without him? That he was a bit part that had nothing to do with it?

    If that’s your argument, then yeah, he was overpaid.

    If you agree he was an integral part of the sucess, then who cares about the money? It’s not yours. It’s the teams. They paid him to help the team win. That’s what happened.

    Explain to me how this money was overpaid and wasted, unless you believe individual success means more than team sucess.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      If Ryan Howard was making 25 million a year from 2006-2010, there’d be a lot less scrutiny of the contract. The fact is, that’s not when the big contract was in place. The big contract kicked in this season, and goes into the future. It’s not sound policy to pay players based on past performance; you need to consider what they’re likely to do during the tenure of the contract. Yes, Howard has been great for the Phillies, and there’s not a lot of argument about that. The discussion is whether he’s going to be worth the money going forward. This season was probably something of an anomaly; you’d expect Howard to be on the field more than he was this year. However, one year into the contract, it’s not looking so hot.

    • foreverchipper10 - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      They did not make the NLCS last year. They lost in the first round to St. Louis.

  10. bbk1000 - Sep 30, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    The worst contract in the N.L. from the worst G.M. in baseball…..the Phillies as we know them are done….old and overpaid.

    • schmedley69 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Jayson Werth’s contract is by far the worst in the NL, but you guys aren’t biased against the Nats like you are the Phillies, so you let that one slide.

  11. junebucket - Sep 30, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    From Ryan Howard’s rookie season of 2005 to 2011, he hit the most homeruns and rbi’s in major league baseball, and propelled his team to five divisional titles, two pennants and a world series. Sure, he was injured this year, but still managed 56 rbi’s in 70 games, extrapolate that over a 162 game season ignorant bigots. Ryan is still a young man, and has at least five to seven productive seasons ahead of him. I know there is a cardinal rule in baseball that only white boys deserve the money, but as the second fastest player in major league history to reach 300 home runs, he has earned every dime he’s made and deserves more respect from the redneck media.

    • bbk1000 - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      You ignorant buffoon, please see below.

      MLB 2012 Salary Rankings

      1. Arod.
      2. Vernon Wells
      3. Johan Santana
      4. Merk Teixeira
      5. Prince Fielder
      6. Joe Mauer
      7. CC Sabathia
      8. Adrian Gonzalez
      9. Cliff Lee
      10.Miguel Cabrera

  12. pkswally024 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    “This is a fitting end to a disappointing season for Howard” nice one Craig junior.

    • pkswally024 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      point being, coming off the achilles tear and still hitting 15+ and 50+ is pretty respectable all things considering.

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