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Ryan Howard thinks he can be a 30-100 guy again

Dec 1, 2013, 10:10 PM EST

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This is a few days old, but per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard thinks he can still be a 30-100 guy (as in 30 home runs and 100 RBI). Howard has been slowed by injuries ever since he tore his Achilles tendon making the final out in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS against the Cardinals. He missed the final three months of the 2013 season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee as well.

Howard, however, looks at what David Ortiz has accomplished and wonders “why not me?”

“Everybody in this league has experienced success on every level that they’ve played,” he said. “You have success and then you have a little bit of turmoil. It’s how you find a way to get back to that success, like Marlon Byrd, like David Ortiz. Age doesn’t play a factor.”

He continued:

“Can I be a 30-100 guy?” he said. “Yeah, I definitely think so. I believe in my ability. I hear what people say. It’s cool. You guys are all entitled to your opinions. But let’s say I come back and I do what I do. Then what? If I come back and put up numbers like ’07, ’08, ’09, then what? Are we having these conversations?”

Howard last accomplished the 30-100 feat in 2011 and he just turned 34 years old. Since 2010, the only players 34 years old or older to hit 30 homers and drive in 100 runs are Ortiz, Alfonso Soriano, Paul Konerko, and Alex Rodriguez. In the 2013 season alone, only ten players achieved the goal regardless of age: Ortiz, Soriano, Chris Davis, Miguel Cabrera, Pedro Alvarez, Paul Goldschmidt, Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Trumbo, Adam Jones, and Jay Bruce. The ten instances in 2013 are down from 19 in 2009.

  1. slystone111 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    He can totally do it. It will just take two seasons.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    He can definitely be a 30-100 guy again. He almost did it last year AND the year before.

    30 runs and 100 hits, right?

    • alexo0 - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      30 games, 100 at-bats.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        No chance.

  3. aphillieated - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Of course he can. He just needs to stay healthy.

  4. baseballisboring - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Not impossible, but probably a steep climb for someone like him given age, body, injury etc…

    • baseballisboring - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      At least, the 30 home runs is. 100 RBI’s can happen to just about anyone under the right circumstances.

  5. ckhoss29 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    He needs to hook up with Papi’s PED supplier then it will be no problem.

    • pastabelly - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Because your crack dealer is not available.

  6. stevequinn - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Howard is one of the “good guys” in MLB. I hope he can bounce back and have that 30 HR and 100 RBI year. Just not against the Cardinals.

    • tfbuckfutter - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      It’d be a pretty remarkable season for him if he had 30 HRs and 100 RBI just in games against the Cardinals.

      I hope that does happen.

      • Reflex - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        That would be truly hilarious. I mean sad for Cards fans, but still hilarious if one player owned a team to that degree.

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        The “sad for Cards fans” part would make it even more hilarious for everyone else.

      • deepstblu - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:04 AM

        Howard’s career OPS against the Cardinals: 1.179, his highest against any NL opponent.

  7. NYTolstoy - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Why can’t he dream…He can’t just say I’m a sick for the next 3 years right?

  8. mtr75 - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    30 walks/100strikeouts? I KNOW he can do it.

    • nbjays - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      100 Ks and 30 GIDP

  9. phillysports1 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Call Ryan Braun and ask him what supply did he use .

  10. joeflaccosunibrow - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    In a related story, my wife thinks she can fit into her wedding dress…

    • mtr75 - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Ouch.

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