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reds44
05-30-2006, 01:03 AM
http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/5753/howard3yk.png
Look at that! That is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in baseball. Ryan Howard is a huge lefty, but has not hit a single homer to right field this year.

:eek:

penantboundreds
05-30-2006, 01:28 AM
hey reds, where is that information listed?

reds44
05-30-2006, 01:49 AM
http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/stats/individual_player_hitting_chart.jsp?c_id=mlb&playerID=429667&statType=1

mlb.com, just click on hitting chart on the player page.

TOBTTReds
05-30-2006, 01:59 AM
He is a very good hitter too.

KronoRed
05-30-2006, 02:03 AM
That's impressive, last year only 2 HRs out to right.

smith288
05-30-2006, 12:23 PM
Comparing Howard and Dunn is interesting. Howard has a very nice average but his OBP is slightly under Dunns (.360 to .376 respectively) but the more telling stat is the Runs I think. Dunn may not hit the signle as well as Howard but his ability to get on base is showing him to be more valuable as a run on the scoreboard than Howard is.

Still, I'd like to see Dunn spray it like Howard does. The shot to the opposite field is a thing of beauty.

smith288
05-30-2006, 12:26 PM
Interestingly enough, Look at Dunn's hitting chart for Homeruns at Wrigley.

ALL opposite field shots (4).

pedro
05-30-2006, 12:26 PM
That is interesting.

Howard is also a good 1B. I have him on my fantasy team. He's a nice player.

RedsManRick
05-30-2006, 12:29 PM
I think of them this way. Dunn could be the next Jim Thome. Howard could be the next David Ortiz.

guttle11
05-30-2006, 01:30 PM
I thought one of Howard's HRs in GABP went into the Moon Deck?

Correct me if I'm wrong.

HotCorner
05-30-2006, 01:53 PM
I thought one of Howards HR's in GABP went into the Moon Deck?

Correct me if I'm wrong.

You're correct. The above chart is for Citizens Bank Park.

KronoRed
05-30-2006, 02:32 PM
The distances don't seem to be the reason, wind?

flyer85
05-30-2006, 07:23 PM
In the series against the Reds he hit a HR to left-center(opp field) and he pulled his hands in on the swing. I pointed out that I had never, and I mean that literally, seen a opposite field HR when a hitter pulled their hands in. It was truly amazing.

15fan
05-31-2006, 10:00 AM
Compare Howard's HRs at home to his ground outs at home.

If ever there was a guy who should see an infield shift, it's Howard.

Team Clark
05-31-2006, 11:38 AM
John Kruk started out that way with the Padres.

flyer85
05-31-2006, 12:01 PM
John Kruk started out that way with the Padres.Kruk was never a power hitter the likes of Howard.

Team Clark
05-31-2006, 01:00 PM
Kruk was never a power hitter the likes of Howard.

True, but I just remember him hitting a lot of his homers the other way early in his career. He even stole a few bases from what I remember. I'd love to see some old footage of him as a Padre.

flyer85
05-31-2006, 01:03 PM
True, but I just remember him hitting a lot of his homers the other way early in his career. He even stole a few bases from what I remember. I'd love to see some old footage of him as a Padre.John Kruk = a baseball player who makes the beer league softball players feel good about themselves.

BTW Clark, have you ever seen an opposite field HR where the batter pulled his hands in?

VR
05-31-2006, 01:06 PM
In the series against the Reds he hit a HR to left-center(opp field) and he pulled his hands in on the swing. I pointed out that I had never, and I mean that literally, seen a opposite field HR when a hitter pulled their hands in. It was truly amazing.


Mo Vaughn

Red Heeler
06-01-2006, 09:31 AM
The sad part? At the time the Reds were sending Todd Jones and Corey Lidle to the Phils for dreck, Howard was blocked by Thome and readily available.

smith288
06-01-2006, 10:33 AM
The sad part? At the time the Reds were sending Todd Jones and Corey Lidle to the Phils for dreck, Howard was blocked by Thome and readily available.
I doubt Howard was available

Red Heeler
06-01-2006, 02:56 PM
I doubt Howard was available

Thome was in the second year of a 6 year deal and mashing the ball. Howard was as available as it gets.

dougdirt
06-01-2006, 02:58 PM
From everything I had heard, Howard was not available at any point from the Phillies. Regardless of the fact that they had Thome signed, he was not available.

Stewie
06-01-2006, 03:24 PM
Howard definitely was not available at any point. Ed Wade grouped him with Utley, Floyd, Hamels, and Madson as guys that he absolutely refused to trade. While Wade made more than his fair share of goofy moves, his stance against trading Howard is one thing I am pleased with.

Red Heeler
06-01-2006, 03:58 PM
Howard definitely was not available at any point. Ed Wade grouped him with Utley, Floyd, Hamels, and Madson as guys that he absolutely refused to trade. While Wade made more than his fair share of goofy moves, his stance against trading Howard is one thing I am pleased with.

Sorry, Stewie, but Wade's story doesn't hold any water. Why sign Thome to a six year deal if you had an untouchable stud 1B waiting in the wings?

Stewie
06-01-2006, 05:51 PM
Sorry, Stewie, but Wade's story doesn't hold any water. Why sign Thome to a six year deal if you had an untouchable stud 1B waiting in the wings?

The season before Thome was signed (2002), Howard was in low-A and had an alright season, but probably could have been better given his age (22) and level. He was an ok prospect (around 10th best in the organization if I recall -- I'm going by memory, I can't find a top prospects list from that year), but he was hardly a sure thing. He fully came into his own and became a top prospect the following season in high-A, which was Thome's first year in Philadelphia. So Howard wasn't waiting in the wings when Thome was signed. He still had a ways to go. Had Howard's breakthrough occured a year before it actually did, I don't know if Thome would have been signed. I guess instead of saying "at any point" I should have clarified and said "at any point in 2004," the season of the Lidle and Jones trades.