By Mike Elser
On April 26th, 2010, the Phillies sealed their first base fate for what would be at least the next six seasons when they signed Ryan Howard to a contract extension that would go into affect after the 2011 season. It was a hefty pay raise that may go down as not only one of the worst contracts in Phillies history, but all of baseball history.
Coming off of the 2009 season, Howard had just finished up his 4th straight year of 35+ Home Runs and 135+ RBI. During that time period, he was matched by no other player in baseball. He carried his team to back-to-back World Series appearances, landed on two NL All-Star teams, and had an NL MVP Award to top it off. Sure he led the league in strikeouts, but that was the least of anyone’s concern. Fans flooded not just Citizens Bank Park, but stadiums across Major League Baseball in hopes of getting to see one of Ryan’s towering upper deck bombs. Howard has always been a “big guy”, but he was one of the most durable Phillies during the time period. Having just turned 30, why wouldn’t RAJ want to resign the Big Piece?
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