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Triple Digits Again for Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard sets Phils' record consecutive 100-RBI seasons.

Triple Digits Again for Ryan Howard

Tuesday, Ryan Howard became the first Phillie to reach 100 RBI in six consecutive seasons, breaking a tie with Sam Thompson and Chuck Klein.

Noteworthy: The major-league record is 13 shared by Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Alex Rodriguez, whose streak will end this year ... The NL record (10) is held by Albert Pujols, who is 22 RBI short of extending it to 11 ... Mike Schmidt had four separate sets of back-to-back 100-RBI seasons, but never as many as three in a row.

Yrs.    Player Seasons      RBI Totals (in order)
6 Ryan Howard 2006-11 149   136   146   141   108   102  
5 Sam Thompson     1892-96 104 126 147 165 100  
5 Chuck Klein 1929-33 145 170 121 137 120  
4 Ed Delahanty 1893-96 146 131 106 126    
4 Del Ennis 1952-55 107 125 119 120    
4 Chase Utley 2005-08 105 102 103 104    
3 Ed Delahanty 1899-01 137 109 108      
3 Gavvy Cravath 1913-15 128 100 115      
3 Pinky Whitney 1928-30 103 115 117      
3 Bobby Abreu 2003-05 101 105 102      
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