But you want to read about Ryan Howard. Here's my thoughts about "The Big Piece."
- Howard is definitely heavy and out of shape. To be fair, he was basically 100% shut down all winter. Also, let's be fair- Prince Fielder isn't exactly a model of conditioning, and he's outstanding.
- Howard got some good hacks tonight, though he didn't get hits. I thought his bat speed looked fine, and he was hitting the ball the other way. All of these are very good signs.
- His defense wasn't outstanding, but he was adequate. He didn't look awkward, he made the plays that he should, and while he didn't look like a cat down there, I think he'll survive it.
I'm calling this a positive.
Philadelphia has signed Dominican corner outfielder Jose Pujols for $540,000.Pujols, 16, has tremendous righthanded power and bat speed from his lanky 6-foot-4, 175-pound frame. He trained with Pedro Nivar, who is known as “Nube,” and played in the Dominican Prospect League.
We're 36-45. Back to that nightmare on Tuesday.