By Lewis Gould
Phillies legend Ryan Howard’s career in professional baseball has all but ended.
The Atlanta Braves released the 2006 NL MVP Howard from his minor league contract.
Howard was hitting .184/.238/.263 for Triple-A Gwinnett at the time of his release, which probably ends all meaningful hope of the 37-year-old making it back to the big leagues.
Howard was possibly the most important piece in the Phillies’ magic 10 years ago, which included the 2008 World Series title.
And he attracted a lot of criticism as his decline phase overlapped with a much-mocked five-year, $125 million contract.