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Ryan Howard becomes the fastest to 1,000 career RBI

May 31, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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Ryan Howard‘s three-run home run off of Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the seventh inning on Saturday was important for the Phillies because it brought them back into the game at a 4-3 deficit. It was important for Howard because it brought him to 1,000 career RBI.

Per Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Howard has become the fastest to reach 1,000 career RBI, needing only 1,230 games to do so.

Howard has driven in 12 runs in his last six games, including three on a walk-off three-run home run against the Rockies on Wednesday. The first baseman is slashing .230/.304/.425 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI on the season.

  1. elwaysagenius - May 31, 2014 at 10:27 PM


  2. nbjays - May 31, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Imagine if he’d been healthy since 2011.

  3. genericcommenter - May 31, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    He came of age pretty late and had a pretty fast decline. Fastest in games needed, but he’s pretty old now- so you might not see many more milestones reached.

  4. mantastic54 - May 31, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    I believe it was fastest among active players

    • RickyB - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      Has to be. Gehrig got to 1,000 much faster than that.

  5. sportsnut101 - May 31, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Ever since the Achilles

  6. arb927 - May 31, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Fastest for the rbi and the amount of homers he has

  7. zengreaser - May 31, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    I get that he’s not exactly the darling of the advanced stats community and that his contract is a thorn in many Phillies fans’ sides, but what he has done in his career is nothing short of spectacular. Especially his first 4 years in the bigs. No one in the history of the game has had a more productive start to their career. He has his flaws, but I love watching him play.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      No one in the history of the game has had a more productive start to their career

      And this is where many of us disagree. For his first four full years he had a .372 OBP and a 145 OPS+. Pujols had a .426 OBP and 172 OPS+ for his first ten years. Howard hit a lot of HR and got a lot of RBI, because he had a phenomenal 2b in front of him that is severely underrated.

      • sumkat - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        So what they were paid to do, Howard did it better

        Unless you are telling me Puljos is getting all that money to have a high OBP

        They get the big money because they carry the big stick and knock in runs. Not because they walk a lot

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        So what they were paid to do, Howard did it better

        They are paid to be baseball players, and that involves running, defense, and offense. 2/3 Howard is awful at, and he’s getting worse at the hitting part too. Regardless, that was not what I was responding to. I was responding to the comment that he had the most productive start to his career than anyone in MLB history, which is flat out wrong. Here’s just one example:

        Gehrig: 1232 G; .343/.444/.640, 182 OPS+; 1558 H, 321 2b, 113 3b, 267 HR, 1144 RBI, 806/508 BB/K
        Howard: 1230 G; .269/.358/.540, 133 OPS+; 1222 H, 227 2b, 20 3b, 321 HR, 1000 RBI, 609/1468 BB/K

        Are you really going to tell me that Howard had a more productive start than Gehrig?

        They get the big money because they carry the big stick and knock in runs. Not because they walk a lot

        Is this 2004? Do we really need to have this conversation again? Howard is one of the highest paid players in MLB right now. His line so far this year:

        .230/.304/.425, 100 OPS+, .313 wOBA, 95 wRC+

        Depending on the metric he’s a league average or slightly below league average hitter that’s paid like one of the best players.

    • dan1111 - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      Howard was a monster hitter early in his career. That can be appreciated without attempting to put him among the all-time greats.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        agree there because one CANNOT put Howard among the all time greats…

        he isn’t close and wont’ ever be in that discussion…

        so, as you said, we simply may appreciate the first few good seasons he had.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      “No one in the history of the game has had a more productive start to their career.”

      If you checked Albert Pujols’ first 10 seasons you would see that he did things NO ONE in the History of the game has ever did. Bar none. Best 10 year start in the History of the game.

  8. myleschristiancopeland - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Reblogged this on Around The Base.

    • dan1111 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:05 AM

      Only one base?

      • myleschristiancopeland - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:16 AM

        Maybe you only got a single.

      • dan1111 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:43 AM

        Maybe I got a single, but I definitely got called out for running out of the baseline when I tried to run around a single base.

  9. andreweac - Jun 1, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    Proves Amaro showed those advanced stat a people who is boss!

    • dan1111 - Jun 1, 2014 at 3:05 AM

      Yeah, those nerds who focus on obscure stats like win-loss record and think that hitting and defense are important baseball skills sure look like idiots now!

  10. scendali - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    nice. hopefully he starts getting booed a little less now that he has holds a cool record.

  11. kahunanc - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    For a guy rarely in shape and thinks film study is watching Hollywood flicks he is OK One good thing is showing some power the opposite way again.

  12. twpguy1964 - Jun 1, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Couple interesting stats on Howard… In 4540 career ab’s, he has 1468 strikeouts, 609 walks. That’s not good. 70 strikeouts in 170 post season ab’s. That’s horrible. I’ve watched him his whole career and he simply NEVER got better with strikeouts,walks AND THROWING. I”ll give it too him as far as being a class guy and a guy who hit some clutch homers but overall he’s an overrated player

    • dan1111 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Howard has the fifth highest strikeout rate ever (minimum 3000 plate appearances), behind Russell Branyan, Mark Reynolds, Rob Deer, and Adam Dunn. That is pretty extreme. Still, should we care that much if his overall numbers are good? The same approach that gives him a lot of strikeouts gives him a lot of power. And his walk rate is generally good.

      Howard’s real weaknesses are his defense and his inability to hit lefties. He would be a far more valuable player as a platoon DH. Not a $25,000,000 per year player, but quite valuable. As opposed to a below replacement level first basemen, which is what he has been for the last three seasons when in the lineup.

      • chinahand11 - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Right on, he needs to DH somewhere. I was surprised to read this headline stat about Ryan; he’s been injured so much.

      • dan1111 - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        @china, it is quickest in terms of games played, not time. So it does not penalize him for all the time missed to injury.

    • sumkat - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Considering Howard runs like he’s in wet sand, I’d rather him strike out than ground into DP’s generally.

      But overall, yeah, his biggest flaw has been his lack of adjustments. More specific than just strikeouts, his inability to hit (or lay off) a decent breaking pitch.

  13. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Congrats on the record, I suppose.

    But as a Yankee fan, my enduring image of Howard is how the Yankee pitchers literally toyed with him in the 2009 WS. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more highly touted hitter look more clueless and hapless. He struck out 13 times in 23 at bats. That’s nearly impossible if you’re blindfolded. He was more of an automatic out than the pitcher.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Even at his best, he could never really hit lefties. I don’t know if that how the Yankees dealt with him.

      It seems to me that a cleanup hitter who can be neutralized with the game on the line is worthless in the post-season. Count me as a detractor.

  14. stlouis1baseball - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    For all his faults (perceived or otherwise)…this is something to be proud of.
    Congratulations on the record!

  15. fshman00 - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Sick and tired of everyone ragging on Howard. where i do agree with alot of people saying he isnt worth 25 mil a year, its not his fault about that. If Amaro offered you 25 mil a year , would you say no, even though you know your production will be going down. NO!!!! and as far as his stats compared to Gerhig, Just remember my friends, pitchers back then faced pitchers that hardly came out of a game. so late innings they were tired, unlike today you go from a laboring 85 mph fast ball in the 7th to a 98mph fastball in later innings. I would have loved to see Babe Ruth hit todays balls, and against relievers taht are fresh in the late innings!!

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