Slugger vs. slugger

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(David Maialetti/Staff Photographer) (AP Photo)

There is little doubt that Mike Schmidt and Ryan Howard will go down as the two greatest sluggers in Phillies history, but their careers have been anything but parallel.

For instance, Schmidt’s career batting average rose steadily through his first nine years in the majors (1972-80), while Howard’s has been declining. The same goes for many of their numbers, including the biggie — home run percentage (HR per 100 AB).

It's amazing how close some of their totals are through nine seasons. The two are within four hits, eight doubles and 17 home runs of each other at corresponding points of their careers ... Howard enters 2013 with nice round totals of 300 home runs and 200 doubles ... Schmidt's RBI and walk totals have always been close ... Schmidt would play into 1989, so nine years was his career's mid-way point, although he was two years younger than Howard when he started in the majors.

Here are their career totals, percentages and averages through each of their first nine major league seasons:

 CAREER TOTALS, AVERAGES THROUGH ...
 1 Season  G  AB  R  H  2B  HR  RBI  BB  SO Avg. OBA Slg. HR% SO%
  Schmidt  13  34  2  7  0  1  3  5  15
 .206  .325  .294  2.9  44.1
  Howard  19  39  5  11  5  2  5  2  13  .282  .333  .564  5.1  33.3
 2 Seasons          
  Schmidt
 145  401  45  79  11  19  55  67  151  .197  .324  .367  4.7  37.7
  Howard
 107  351  57  101  22  24  68  35  113  .288  .354  .567  6.8  32.2
 3 Seasons
  Schmidt
 307  969  153  239  39  55  171  173  289  .247  .366  .472  5.7  29.8
  Howard
 266  932  161  283  47  82  217  143  294  .304  .399  .624  8.8  31.6
 4 Seasons
  Schmidt
 465  1531  246  379  73  93  266  274  469  .248  .366  .491  6.1  30.6
  Howard
 410  1461  255  425  73  129  353  250  493  .291  .397  .610  8.8  33.7
 5 Seasons
  Schmidt
 625  2115  358  532  104  131  373  374  618  .252  .369  .500  6.2  29.2
  Howard
 572  2071  360  578  99  177  499  331  692  .279  .380  .590  8.6  33.4
 6 Seasons
  Schmidt
 779  2659  472  681  131  169  474  478  740  .256  .374  .515  6.4  27.8
  Howard
 732  2687  465  750  136  222  640  406  878  .279  .376  .586  8.3  32.7
 7 Seasons           
  Schmidt
 924  3172  565  810  158  190  552  569  843  .255  .372  .502  6.0  26.6
  Howard
 875  3237  552  902  159  253  748  465  1035  .279  .372  .572  7.8  32.0
 8 Seasons            
  Schmidt
 1084  3713  674  947  183  235  666  689  958  .255  .374  .511  6.3  25.8
  Howard
 1027  3794  633  1043  189  286  864  540  1207  .275  .368  .560  7.5  31.8
 9 Seasons
  Schmidt
 1234  4261  778  1104  208  283  787  778  1077  .259  .375  .525  6.6  25.3
  Howard
 1098  4054  661  1100  200  300  920  565  1306  .271  .364  .551  7.4  32.2

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