Ryan Howard Heating Up Spring Training

Updated: April 19, 2006




It is St. Patrick’s Day

and Ryan Howard

could be a Good Irishman’s name

But this Ryan has done even better he is by far the best young African American talent in Major League Baseball today, and he is sure proving it this Spring Training Season. Standing in that green grass and putting on a Show.

Too bad they don’t

give out awards for Spring Training successes

Ryan Howard is leading the Majors in spring training Home Runs with 8. Which really means he has picked up where he ended last season in September 2005 with a 10 Home Runs for the month setting a new record for Rookies all time. And then winning Rookie of the Year honors.

Ryan Howard doesn’t need the Luck of the Irish

he manufactures his own with his Bat

What has established Howard’s long term potential more than anything else. Is the immense confidence the Phillies have in him. In the off season they did what few thought they would jettison First Baseman and established star Jim Thome who they had paid the Big Bucks earlier to acquire. And was going to Anchor the Franchise.

Until Ryan Howard came along.

Conventional wisdom as last season ended was that Philadelphia would trade First Baseman Ryan Howard getting some outstanding player or players in return in order to keep Jim Thome happy and playing in this City of Brotherly Love. But after Howard Wowed the Baseball World with his 10 Homers in September and followed that with Rookie of the Year, that love affair quickly ended.

The reality is that without Thome “in the way” earlier Howard would not have had to squander at least 2 years languishing in the Philly farm system blasting a record number of ‘useless’ HRs there. Now Ryan has arrived and if anything doing better this Spring his Star is Rising faster and faster.

Yes it’s too soon

To call Ryan Howard the Great Black Hope for Baseball over the next decade but it is within the realm of Possibilities. He could become Barry Bonds without the Baggage. And fly even Higher.

Along with his 8 Home Runs as of Thursday afternoon, he has a blistering .421 average and also a Grapefruit League leading 13 RBIs in his 12 games so far. But Howard isn’t satisfied. He says he never does very well in March. And that is how he feels about his performance so far this Spring.

He may he the only One

this St. Patrick’s Day

in Philadelphia or