Ryan Howard in Five Easy Pieces

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.

 From  9/1/04  
 9/10/06  
 6/5/08  8/31/09  
 6/2/11
 To  9/9/06  6/4/08  8/30/09  
 6/1/11  7/5/13  
 Age (at conclusion)  
 26  28  29  31  33
 Plate Appearances  1000  1001
 1003  1002  1012
 Batting Avg.
 .303  .255  .275  .275  .248
 On-Base Pct.
 .389  .384  .352  .354  .325
 Slugging Pct.
 .636  .541  .579  .515  .459
 Home Runs
 80  64  70  51  46
    HR/100 AB  9.2  7.9  7.9  5.8  5.2
 Strikeouts  269  308  271  252  301
    SO/100 AB
 31.0  37.9  30.6  28.6  33.7

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