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May 31, 2016

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Steve Landis

Whatever grace the Phillies owed Ryan Howard for his excellent performance during their extended playoff run, has been quite adequately covered by the $25 million dollars that they have continued annually to shovel into his coffers, even as his skill-set and production have declined every year since 2011.
To maintain in June of 2016 that he deserves regular starts at first base, when his batting average hovers 50 points below the Mendoza Line and his OPS is more like a batting average, is an irritant to the fans, delays the necessary rebuilding process, drags down their offense, and implies to their impressionable youngsters that reputation is worth more than performance

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