Friday, February 12, 2016

Ryan Howard's Hands-On Report

Ryan Howard's fielding has dropped off in recent weeks.

Ryan Howard's Hands-On Report

Ryan Howard committed an error in the field during Wednesday´s game against the Giants. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Ryan Howard committed an error in the field during Wednesday's game against the Giants. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

On June 14, after having handled the first 642 chances of the season flawlessly, Ryan Howard committed his first error of 2011. Since then, he has committed six errors in 36 games (covering 336 chances), including one Wednesday night.

Despite the recent glovial dropoff, his fielding average (.994) would still be a career-high for a full season. Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that his worst fielding year (.988) was 2008, when he helped lead the Phillies to a World Series title.

His year-by-year fielding statistics and his numbers by the month for 2011:

Season    G PO A E TC Pct.
2004 8 59 6 0 65    1.000
2005 84 707 40 5 752 .993
2006 159 1373 91 14 1478 .991
2007 140 1191 103 12 1306 .991
2008 159 1408 101 19 1528 .988
2009 156 1300 95 14 1409 .990
2010 139 1266 59 14 1339 .990
2011 101 922 50 6 978 .994
Totals    946     8226    545    84     8855 .991


2011        G PO A       E TC Pct.
April     26      242 8 0     250    1.000
May 28 257 9 0 266  1.000
June 27 270     21 2 293 .993
July 20 153 12 4 169 .976
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