When he went on the disabled list earlier this month with a torn meniscus in his left knee, Ryan Howard had just surpassed the 5,000 mark for career major league plate appearances.
So we thought it convenient to break his career numbers down into five segments, each ending with the game in which he accumulated another 1,000 PA.
And, as suspected, the early Ryan Howard was by far the best, as virtually all of his numbers below show.
Particularly, notice his home runs for every 100 at-bats. He cranked out 9.2 for every 100 AB over his first 1,000 PA. That number has steadily declined to 5.2 over the last 1000-PA segment.
| Age (at conclusion)
|Plate Appearances||1000|| 1001
| Batting Avg.
| On-Base Pct.
| Slugging Pct.
| Home Runs
| SO/100 AB