WILL PHILLIES’ RYAN HOWARD MAKE IT TO THE END OF SEASON?

They are all gone, all but him, Cole Hamels in Texas and Chase Utley in Los Angeles and Jimmy Rollins in Chicago, and in a way Howard has been abandoned, the last Phillies star still standing, and barely.

Tuesday night, he did something he used to do 150 or 160 times a summer: Trotted out to first base when the Phillies starters took the field. Now, it’s a rarity. Tuesday was his first start in June.

“It’s different,” he said afterwards, and no kidding. The Phillies, as a whole, can strip down and retool, and there are reasons for their fans to be excited about that process, because right-hander Jerad Eickhoff beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2, another promising performance by another young player.

Howard, though, is afforded no such reboot. His legacy here is tied to teams from the past. He is 36, a shell of what he once was. And he must sit and watch as Rome is rebuilt around him.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/06/08/the-slow-painful-end-for-ryan-howard-gets-a-reprieve/

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