Ryan Howard

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    David Freese's High School Coaches Reflect on Former Player's World Series Heroics

    David Freese was great in high school, but did anyone foresee a World Series hero?​When all is said and done, David Freese's performance in Game 6 of the World Series might go down as one of the greatest postseason performances of all time. At bat in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Pujols' Gutsy Defense Key To Cardinals Victory

    ​Albert Pujols has had plenty of game-changing moments on the baseball field. He's hit home runs in the biggest situations, as Brad Lidge can readily attest. He's come through time and time again when the Cardinals have needed a spark. You can debate all day long whether he'll be worth the contrac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Phillies 3, Cardinals 2: Missed Opportunities and One Very Bad Decision

    ​If you're surprised it was a double play that broke the Cardinals' collective back, then you just haven't been paying attention. The story of the season -- the historic number of double plays the Cards have grounded into this year -- popped up once again, killing an eighth inning bases loade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Who'dda Thunk? Cardinals Bullpen Saves the Day

    commons.wikimedia.orgFernando Salas was just the first in a parade of lifesavers last night for the Redbirds, but may very well have been the most important.​The Cardinals -- and their oft-maligned bullpen -- did the impossible last night. They beat Cliff Lee in the playoffs. It clearly wasn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Latest Use for Ballpark Village: Military Staging Ground

    An alert reader just emailed Daily RFT the following image of Ballpark Village taken today. Don't know about you, but I don't see in this photo the dazzling display of commercial, retail and residential space that the Cardinals ownership has promised to bring to the site the past five years. ​So, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Wash U Baseball Turns to New Coach, New Era

    John H. TuckerDavis struck out only once last year.​It's often said that the most difficult thing to do in all of sports is hit a round ball with a round bat. Think about it: Even if you fail seven out of ten times, you've still got a batting average high enough to land you in Cooperstown. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Ryan Howard Bobblehead: Is It a Gnome or a Lawn Jockey?

    Philadelphia Inquirer via Deadspin​Earlier this year the Philadelphia Phillies awarded St. Louis native Ryan Howard with one of the most lucrative contracts in the game -- 5 years, $125 million. Unable to top that, the Phillies' AA affiliate in Reading, Pennsylvania, recently honored Howard with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    The Ryan Howard Contract and What it Means to You"How much did you get? Wow, that's a lot of money, mang. So that means I should be worth like a billion dollars, right?" ​Ryan Howard, St. Louis native and current-hated first baseman for the always-hated Philadelphia Phillies, just signed himself a capital 'E' Enormous contra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Phillies' Ryan Howard Isn't Coming to St. Louis Anytime Soon -- Signs $125 Million Contract

    Image SourceA photo of Ryan Howard where he isn't playing baseball.​Today, Philadelphia Phillies management cemented its commitment to first-baseman (and St. Louis area native) Ryan Howard with a $125 million, five-year contract, with a bonus structure that could result in the slugger earning $1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    The Ever-Prickly Tony La Russa Grows Pricklier By the Day

    ​Jeez, Tony, take a chill pill, will you? Give it a break. Smell the roses. Your rants and raves have grown old and tired. At issue, of course, is Temperamental Tony's latest flameout, chronicled this morning in the Post-Dispatch by Cardinals beat writer Joe Strauss. Tony La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Trade Rumor: Albert Pujols to Philly for Ryan Howard

    Could Ryan Howard be returning to his hometown of St. Louis? ​That's the speculation over at, where the sports network says the Philadelphia Phillies are discussing the possibility of swapping Howard for Pujols. The two first basemen are the same age and put up gaudy offensive numbers -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Albert Pujols' Comments Lost in Translation -- Again?!

    Wikimedia Commons​Near the end of 2006, a tempest boiled over in the local sports teapot when Albert Pujols, in an interview with reporters in his native Dominican Republic, opined that maybe he, and not Ryan Howard, was entitled to that season's Most Valuable Player award, by virtue of the fact t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Getting Behind the Angels

    ​With the Cardinals out of the playoffs, I've had to decide what team I'm going to root for the rest of the playoffs. Sure, I could just watch the games impartially and enjoy the sport itself, but where's the fun in that? No, I'm one of those people who are always going to set up a team to root fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    St. Louis Tweets the All-Star Fest and the Home Run Derby

    Robert Kuhlmann admires Ryan Howard. Post Dispatch reporter, reports via Twitter. 

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    The Home Run Derby: Not the Worst Thing Ever After All

    All right, I'll admit it. In spite of my disdain for the Home Run Derby, I was on the edge of my seat last night when Albert had to win a hit-off to advance to the second round. I just kept thinking, "You have to hit more than Joe Mauer, Albert. You just have to!" Nothing against Joe Mauer, of ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2008
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    November 20, 2008

    2008 MVP Albert Pujols Shafted by the Media -- Again

    They're at it again. On Monday, November 17, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) announced that Albert Pujols had won the 2008 National League Most Valuable Player Award. The announcement was followed, of course, by a spirited round of bleating from the sports press -- who are, let ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Albert Pujols, Kevin Slaten, Ryan Ludwick and the '08 MVP

    Well, the writers got it right. Hallelujah. And yet, even as I celebrate Albert Pujols winning his supremely deserved second MVP Award, I still just can't let go and simply be happy about the results. Even thought Jack is wearing this shirt for Kobe, it's still pretty cool. I bet he's a Pujol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    Prediction: Dodgers Win Pennant in Five Games

    The NLCS begins tonight. Sadly, the Cardinals were unsuccessful in petitioning the league to let them in "just because." Two of the more storied franchises in the National League will go at it for the chance to lose to the American League champ this year; the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    Baseball Card of the Week: Howard, Pujols Battle for MVP

    We hear a lot 'round these parts about just how underrated Albert Pujols is. We hear how he should have half a dozen MVP awards by now, how he's putting up numbers that almost no one in the history of the game has, and how no other player in the game of baseball right now even begins to intimidate o ... More >>

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    January 24, 2007

    The Gold Standard Cosmopolitan

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    December 20, 2006

    Unreal News Challenge 2006

    Week of December 21, 2006

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    December 4, 2006

    What's Pissing Pujols Off Today?

    from www A new development in the "Snubbed Pujols" tempest: Late last night USA Today sportswriter Bob Nightengale posted a brief item headlined "Pujols to apologize over MVP comments". (For the backstory, see last Thursday's STLog post "Pujols Remarks Lost in Translation?") ... More >>

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    November 30, 2006
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    November 30, 2006

    Pujols Remarks Lost in Translation?

    The lead sports story on Pujols says MVP should come from playoff team By Dionisio Soldevila ASSOCIATED PRESS Albert Pujols thinks he was snubbed. The Cardinals' slugger is upset he lost out to Philadelphia's Ryan Howard for the National League MVP award, saying Wednesday the hono ... More >>