|Nov. 3 12:54 PM PT1:54 PM MT2:54 PM CT3:54 PM ET15:54 ET19:54 GMT3:54 12:54 PM MST2:54 PM EST3:24 PM VEN23:54 UAE1:54 PM CT-The Phillies declined Howard's $23 million option for the 2017 season, instead paying the veteran slugger a $10 million buyout.
Analysis: The move certainly was no surprise. Howard, who turns 37 on Nov. 19, became a part-time part time player in 2016 and hit a career-low .196 but did tie for the team lead with 25 homers.
|Oct. 3 10:39 PM PT11:39 PM MT12:39 AM CT1:39 AM ET1:39 ET5:39 GMT13:39 10:39 PM MST12:39 AM EST1:09 AM VEN9:39 UAE12:39 AM CT-Howard went 0 for 4 on Sunday in his farewell game for the Phillies.
Analysis: Howard, the last player left from the 2008 World Series championship team, was honored in a pregame ceremony. The Phillies are planning to pay Howard, who turns 37 next month, a $10 million buyout instead of exercising a $23 million club option for 2017. ''It's amazing the appreciation from the organization and the fans,'' Howard said after receiving many ovations from the Philadelphia crowd.
|Oct. 1 1:46 PM PT2:46 PM MT3:46 PM CT4:46 PM ET16:46 ET20:46 GMT4:46 1:46 PM MST3:46 PM EST4:16 PM VEN0:46 UAE (+1)3:46 PM CT-Howard hit a two-run homer in what was likely his penultimate game with Philadelphia, Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Mets.
Analysis: Howard is batting just .199 but has hit 25 homers in 327 at-bats. Among those with at least 300 at-bats, Howard's average of one homer per every 13.08 at-bats trails only Baltimore's Mark Trumbo for the best in baseball. His home run Saturday was his 382nd for the Phillies and tied him with Jim Rice and Frank Howard for 67th place on baseball's career list.
|Sep. 28 9:50 AM PT10:50 AM MT11:50 AM CT12:50 PM ET12:50 ET16:50 GMT0:50 9:50 AM MST11:50 AM EST12:20 PM VEN20:50 UAE11:50 AM CT-Howard hit the 15th grand slam of his career, most ever by a Philadelphia player, in a 7-6 loss to the Braves on Tuesday.
Analysis: That's three homers in five games for Howard, who has nine hits in 18 games since Aug. 26 - five of which have left the park.
|Sep. 22 8:55 PM PT9:55 PM MT10:55 PM CT11:55 PM ET23:55 ET3:55 GMT11:55 8:55 PM MST10:55 PM EST11:25 PM VEN7:55 UAE (+1)10:55 PM CT-Howard hit his 23rd home run Thursday in his return after missing four games with left knee soreness.
Analysis: Howard has homered in consecutive contests but is 7 for 34 (.206) in his last 13 games. Four of those hits, however, have left the park.
|Sep. 21 9:10 PM PT10:10 PM MT11:10 PM CT12:10 AM ET0:10 ET4:10 GMT12:10 9:10 PM MST11:10 PM EST11:40 PM VEN8:10 UAE11:10 PM CT-Howard sat out a third straight game Tuesday after having his left knee drained over the weekend. The slugger also won't start Wednesday's game against the White Sox but will be available to pinch-hit.
Analysis: This note carries very marginal fantasy value, as Howard has been limited to spot duty in the second half as the Phillies give a longer look to the younger Tommy Joseph.
|Sep. 17 10:57 PM PT11:57 PM MT12:57 AM CT1:57 AM ET1:57 ET5:57 GMT13:57 10:57 PM MST12:57 AM EST1:27 AM VEN9:57 UAE12:57 AM CT-Howard sparked a Phillies' comeback with a solo homer in the sixth inning and finished 1 for 2 with two walks in Friday's 10-inning victory over Miami.
Analysis: The once-feared slugger has shown he can still hit for power in what's likely his final season in Philadelphia, though he's still hitting under .200 and has seen his playing time sharply decreased. Howard is batting .158 with 18 strikeouts in 38 at-bats over his last 14 games.
|Sep. 9 8:46 AM PT9:46 AM MT10:46 AM CT11:46 AM ET11:46 ET15:46 GMT23:46 8:46 AM MST10:46 AM EST11:16 AM VEN19:46 UAE10:46 AM CT-Howard hit a three-run homer to key Thursday's 4-1 win over Washington.
Analysis: His 21st homer of the season was the 378th of his career, tying former Nationals manager Matt Williams for 72nd on the all-time list. Howard has taken advantage of his limited playing in recent weeks, batting .288 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 21 games since the beginning of August.
|Aug. 30 8:12 PM PT9:12 PM MT10:12 PM CT11:12 PM ET23:12 ET3:12 GMT11:12 8:12 PM MST10:12 PM EST10:42 PM VEN7:12 UAE (+1)10:12 PM CT-Howard supplied the Phillies' lone scoring in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Washington by homering in the seventh inning.
Analysis: Though his overall numbers remain disappointing, Howard is hitting .319 with five homers and 13 RBIs in 14 games this month. The declining veteran achieved his 10th career 20-homer season with Tuesday's blast.
|Aug. 19 9:31 AM PT10:31 AM MT11:31 AM CT12:31 PM ET12:31 ET16:31 GMT0:31 9:31 AM MST11:31 AM EST12:01 PM VEN20:31 UAE11:31 AM CT-Howard and Washington's Ryan Zimmerman have been cleared of allegations they used human growth hormone, MLB announced Friday.
Analysis: Pharmacist Charlie Sly claimed in an Al-Jazeera America documentary that the two used HGH. Sly later recanted. In a brief statement Friday, MLB said its investigation ''did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard or Zimmerman.'' MLB said the players cooperated with its investigation and Sly did not. Howard and Zimmerman denied the allegations and filed defamation suits against Al-Jazeera in January.
|Aug. 17 9:06 PM PT10:06 PM MT11:06 PM CT12:06 AM ET0:06 ET4:06 GMT12:06 9:06 PM MST11:06 PM EST11:36 PM VEN8:06 UAE11:06 PM CT-Howard homered for the second time in his last three games Tuesday.
Analysis: Hitting .154 at the All-Star break, Howard has batted .358 with six homers and 15 RBIs in 19 games since.
|Aug. 13 7:41 AM PT8:41 AM MT9:41 AM CT10:41 AM ET10:41 ET14:41 GMT22:41 7:41 AM MST9:41 AM EST10:11 AM VEN18:41 UAE9:41 AM CT-Howard turned back the clock in Friday's win over Colorado, belting a grand slam and finishing 3 for 5 with a season-high five RBIs.
Analysis: Though he's still hitting just .195 on the season, the 2006 NL MVP has had a resurgence in August. In six games this month, Howard is 10 for 20 with three homers and 10 RBIs.
|Aug. 8 8:40 AM PT9:40 AM MT10:40 AM CT11:40 AM ET11:40 ET15:40 GMT23:40 8:40 AM MST10:40 AM EST11:10 AM VEN19:40 UAE10:40 AM CT-Howard singled and scored in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Padres.
Analysis: Although he only has 36 plate appearances, Howard leads the majors with a .800 slugging percentage since the All-Star break.
|Aug. 7 9:27 AM PT10:27 AM MT11:27 AM CT12:27 PM ET12:27 ET16:27 GMT0:27 9:27 AM MST11:27 AM EST11:57 AM VEN20:27 UAE11:27 AM CT-Howard hit his second homer in as many games and doubled and scored in Saturday's loss to the Padres.
Analysis: The former MVP certainly has taken advantage of his limited playing opportunities, batting .341 with five homers in 41 at-bats since July 7.
|Aug. 4 9:32 PM PT10:32 PM MT11:32 PM CT12:32 AM ET0:32 ET4:32 GMT12:32 9:32 PM MST11:32 PM EST12:02 AM VEN8:32 UAE11:32 PM CT-Howard had a season-high three hits, including his 15th home run, in a 5-4, 12-inning win over the Giants on Wednesday.
Analysis: Howard has hit in a season high-tying three straight games, going 5 for 10. His .178 average is his highest since May 15.
|July 21 7:27 PM PT8:27 PM MT9:27 PM CT10:27 PM ET22:27 ET2:27 GMT10:27 7:27 PM MST9:27 PM EST9:57 PM VEN6:27 UAE (+1)9:27 PM CT-Howard homered for the second time in his last four games Thursday, a two-run shot.
Analysis: Howard has four homers and eight RBIs in his last 14 games, though he's batting .237 over that stretch. It's still a step up from his .160 season average.
|July 8 8:04 AM PT9:04 AM MT10:04 AM CT11:04 AM ET11:04 ET15:04 GMT23:04 8:04 AM MST10:04 AM EST10:34 AM VEN19:04 UAE10:04 AM CT-Howard went 2 for 4 with his 12th home run and two RBIs in Thursday's 11-2 loss at Colorado.
Analysis: Howard, who has been a part-time player this season, is batting .158 on the season. He simply isn't a fantasy stud any longer despite this positive showing.
|June 7 7:15 PM PT8:15 PM MT9:15 PM CT10:15 PM ET22:15 ET2:15 GMT10:15 7:15 PM MST9:15 PM EST9:45 PM VEN6:15 UAE (+1)9:15 PM CT-Howard hit a solo homer as the Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Howard hit his ninth homer way out to right-center to make it 2-0 in the fourth. The 2006 NL MVP started for the first time since a fan threw a plastic beer bottle at him after Saturday's game. Rookie Tommy Joseph has replaced the struggling Howard at first base and started the previous six games.
|June 6 3:59 PM PT4:59 PM MT5:59 PM CT6:59 PM ET18:59 ET22:59 GMT6:59 3:59 PM MST5:59 PM EST6:29 PM VEN2:59 UAE (+1)5:59 PM CT-Philadelphia police are investigating an incident in which a beer bottle was reportedly thrown near Howard during Saturday's game. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Howard alerted a security guard, who picked up the bottle. Howard called the action tasteless.
Analysis: The 36-year-old Howard said he's done too much for the Phillies to have a bottle thrown at him. "If you want to yell out `You suck,' that's whatever. But when you start throwing stuff, that's when stuff gets personal." The slumping Howard has been struggling all season.
|May 5 9:53 AM PT10:53 AM MT11:53 AM CT12:53 PM ET12:53 ET16:53 GMT0:53 9:53 AM MST11:53 AM EST12:23 PM VEN20:53 UAE11:53 AM CT-Howard cranked a three-run jack Wednesday.
Analysis: Howard is hitting .195 as a fantasy flop.
|Apr. 30 3:52 PM PT4:52 PM MT5:52 PM CT6:52 PM ET18:52 ET22:52 GMT6:52 3:52 PM MST5:52 PM EST6:22 PM VEN2:52 UAE (+1)5:52 PM CT-Howard went 3 for 5 and hit a game-winning solo home run in the 11th inning Friday against Cleveland.
Analysis: The former NL MVP had been 5 for 33 over his previous 10 games. Though no longer the fantasy superstar of years past, Howard is still capable of producing usable home run and RBI totals.
|Apr. 15 2:28 PM PT3:28 PM MT4:28 PM CT5:28 PM ET17:28 ET21:28 GMT5:28 2:28 PM MST4:28 PM EST4:58 PM VEN1:28 UAE (+1)4:28 PM CT-Howard blasted a solo home run in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Padres.
Analysis: Howard is batting just .214, but he has three home runs and six RBIs in 10 games.
|Feb. 23 2:33 PM PT3:33 PM MT4:33 PM CT5:33 PM ET17:33 ET22:33 GMT6:33 3:33 PM MST5:33 PM EST6:03 PM VEN2:33 UAE (+1)4:33 PM CT-Howard says two offseasons of legal battles have taken their toll on him, but trying to focus on baseball helps escape the drama of fighting performance-enhancing drug allegations and family financial disputes.
Analysis: The former National League MVP and three-time All-Star said Tuesday that lawyers can deal with his defamation lawsuit against Al-Jazeera America, which said in a documentary that Howard and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman took a human growth hormone. Howard spent last offseason dealing with legal issues as some of his family members sued claiming they were owed millions of his earnings. The matter was settled.