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Quick Update on Ryan Howard's Splits

Quick Update on Ryan Howard's Splits

Quick Update on Ryan Howard's Splits

Ryan Howard. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)
Ryan Howard. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)

One of the commentors on yesterday's Ryan Howard item wanted to know how his RBI broke down over the five 1,000-PA periods of his career.

Those splits — in order: 206, 190, 214, 180 and 173 — are a lot more even than some of the categories we presented yesterday. And in this case the first 2,000-PA RBI (396) and the second 2,000-PA RBI (394) totals are virtually even.

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