Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pretty & Smart

SNL Alum and current 30 Rock star, Tina Fey, confesses to rooting for the Phils in this World Series. She's both pretty and smart...does a spot-on Sarah Palin to boot.

~Carson

Mad Gab

Piss poor umpiring has been the story of the 2009 MLB postseason and the another chapter was written last night. 1st base umpire, Brian Gorman, blew 2 calls in back-to-back half innings: 1. the "linedrive" double play and 2. the Utley GIDP. 1. Ryan Howard caught that ball on the short-hop then threw wide to 2nd where Rollins tugged Posada out. It went down as a double play, but in reality Posada should have been safe at 2nd and Damon (the batter) safe at 1st. 2. Gorman must have felt guilty for blowing the previous call because he hosed Utley when he was clearly safe at 1st on went ended up being a rally-killing inning-ending ground into double play.

Home plate umpire, Jeff Nelson, isn't free of criticism either. His strikezone was very liberal at times, especially in the 9th inning with Mariano Rivera on the mound against Howard. Howard was called out on a pitch high and outside. XM's Rob Dibble put it best, "That's a Hall-of-Famer strike. He got that because he's Mo Rivera." Well, then that's just bullshit.

Other Anger Triggers:
*Ryan Howard's 9th inning strikeout was only 1/4 of the story, as he k'd all 4 trips to the plate last night. Have fun wearing that golden sombrero on the trip back to Philly.

*What the hell was Jayson Werth doing getting picked off at 1st base by the catcher?

*Pedro pitched well through 6 innings, but his pitch count was pushing 100, and the Yanks seemed to be getting a better look at his pitches. Why was he brought out to start the 7th inning? It's not like the bullpen was taxed, they hadn't pitched in over a week.

*The aforementioned Utley GIDP could have easily been averted by sending the runners. It's not like it was Feliz and Ruiz on the bases either, it was the Phils top burners in the form of Rollins and Victorino. 1 out, full count, runners or 1st and 2nd...you send them to stay out of the double play. Even Tim McCarver knows that!

*Now the series is knotted-up at a game apiece with the next three games in Philadelphia. Cole Hamels gets the ball Saturday night. Cole Hamels who was 2008 NLCS and WS MVP. Cole Hamels who had a losing record this season and has been ineffective this postseason (6.75 ERA, 6 hr in 14.2 ip). Dammit, he needs to sack up and pitch a good game.

~Carson

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Game 2 Primer




Awesome Game by UtLee


Based on the title of this post, you may have been lead to believe I don't know how to spell my own favorite player's name (Chase Utley), but indeed I do. See, I was being creative with the combination of last night's heroes Utley and Cliff Lee, hence UtLee. Wow, I'm so damn innovative I can hardly stand it. Okay, enough with the silly play on names, let's get down to business.

*Chase Utley's 2 homerun night was awesome. He was hitless off of CC Sabathia before those solo jacks. Utley also set a MLB playoff record last night by reaching base safely in his 26th consecutive postseason game.

*Cliff Lee wasn't nervous, wasn't intimidated, in fact he was downright superb in his complete game win over the heralded Yankees in Game 1. With his amazing effort last night, he pushed his 2009 postseason totals up to 3 wins in 4 starts, with 2 complete games, 33.1 innings pitched with 30 k's and a minuscule 0.54 ERA.

*A-Fraud, who was scorching hot heading into this series, was silenced at the plate going without a hit and being struck out 3 times. Don't worry, I'm sure Kate Hudson will give you a pep talk.

*Entering the game, J-Roll had zero walks in 40 at bats. Last night he coaxed his first walk off of Hughes in the 8th.

*18 of the last 21 World Series champions have won Game 1 of the Series...so we've got that going for us, which is nice.

*Game 2 scheduled for the same time and the same place with AJ Burnett going for the Yanks while Pedro Martinez takes the ball for the Phils. Taking a 2-0 series lead and heading home to Philly would be incredible, and I think Pedro is the right man for the job.

~Carson

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tale of the Tape - New York - World Series Edition

Punk Rock Music
New York - The Ramones, the most influential rock band since The Beatles, hailed from Queens. But if that isn't enough, consider the hardcore scene and bands like H2O, Sick Of It All, Cro-Mags, CIV, Gorilla Biscuits, Agnostic Front, Murphy's Law and many more.
Philly - Philly band The Loved Ones are in high rotation on my playlist right now. The Dead Milkmen were pretty cool. And the Trocadero might be the best place on the planet to see a show.
Advantage - New York. Nothing beats The Ramones.

Pizza
New York - Delicious. If you remember, Michael Scott (Dunder Mifflin regional manager and former owner of the Michael Scott Paper Company) likes to hit up Sbarro's when he's in the city, but I find Ray's Pizza (the one on Prince Street) to be a better example of a tasty New York pie.
Philly - I spent four years eating $5 large pies from Mario's on 19th and Olney. They make their pizza from frozen dough, tomato paste and government cheese.
Advantage - New York.

Odd Museum
New York - The Museum of Sex. The founder of this museum wanted a home dedicated to "the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality." It's basically legitimized pornography...which I'm totally okay with.
Philly - The Mutter Museum. This museum host medical oddities, pathological specimens and antique medical equipment.
Advantage - New York. It's hard to beat porn.

Bagels
New York - Delicious. I prefer an "everything" with cream cheese.
Philly - Not all Philly bagels are bad...but not that many are really good, either.
Advantage - New York.

Public Transit Nuisance
New York - Getting shot by Colin Ferguson while sitting on the LIRR.
Philly - There used to be this one-legged guy that rode the Orange Line who sold bootlegged DVDs. If you didn't want a DVD, he would ask you for food. One time, I gave him half my sandwich. He hopped away without saying "thank you."
Advantage - Philly.

Battle of Anthropomorphized Statues
New York - Statue of Liberty.
Philly - Rocky.
Advantage - Philly. Checking in a 8 1/2 feet tall, Rocky would seem to have a significant and insurmountable size disadvantage to the 150 feet tall mammoth from Ellis Island. But remember, "Lady Liberty" is French! Rocky needs just a couple of shots to the robe, and that bitch will throw in the towel.

Giant Salute To Homemakers
New York - A large needle and button.
Philly - A large clothespin.
Advantage - Philly. It can't be safe to have a giant needle just sitting around. And given the overall cleanliness of the Big Apple, I'm guessing there is enough Hepatitis C on that thing to infect half of the Bronx...the half that isn't already infected, that is.

Football Teams
New York - Zero.
Philly - The Eagles.
Advantage - Philly.

Cosby Connection
New York - In The Cosby Show, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable lived with his family in a brownstone in New York. One of Cosby's "television children" was the lovely and talented Lisa Bonet.
Philly - The Philadelphia born and Temple educated Cosby still owns a home in suburban Philly.
Advantage - Philly. Philly has the real Cosby, which beats the fake Cosby and Lisa Bonet...barely.

Regional Colloquialism
New York - "Fuggetaboutit"
Philly - "Yo"
Advantage - Philly. "Yo" can be used in almost as many ways as the f-bomb. "Fuggetaboutit," on the other hand, makes you sound like a retarded monkey. No offense to monkeys.

Best Choice For A Statue?
New York - James Marion Sims. Dr. Sim was the "Father of Gynecology." That seems okay, until you consider that the discoveries of disease and technique were developed by performing procedures on slaves in Alabama. According to one website, some patients underwent over 30 procedures and that Dr. Sims "believed that Africans could tolerate pain, [so he] never used anesthesia." Oh, that's not good.
Philly -The Ideal Scout at 22nd & Winter St.
Advantage - Philly. Boy scout statues are stupid but they beat racist torturers every time.

My Favorite Place To Drink
New York - The Bohemian Hall beer garden on 24th St. in Astoria. They have a wide selection of German and Czech beers at reasonable (for NYC) prices, along with abundant outdoor seating and a great overall atmosphere.
Philly - In college, I would say Arenas in East Falls or Chemistry in Manyunk. They are both gone. I also liked the German bar Ludwig's in Center City. It's gone too. Now, I would say that Monk's is my go-to place. A great selection of draft and bottled beers and the best mussels and pommes frites in the city.
Advantage - New York.There are very few things in New York that I like and this is one of my favorites. I don't know of a similar place in Philly, which is unfortunate.

There you have it. The numbers never lie. Even if I use recycled categories from a previous post the numbers still never lie and these numbers say the Phils should repeat as WFC.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

J-Roll Rolls Out Prediction

Last night Jimmy Rollins appeared on the Jay Leno show and said the Phillies will prevail over the Yankees in 5 games, wrapping it up at home. J-Roll speaks the truth, so now you heard the word.

~Carson

Wedding Crashing Howard & Little Red Machine

Ryan Howard is officially a Wedding Crasher; taking the role of Vince Vaughn. Howard took a female companion to Water Works restaraunt in Philly on Saturday night to only be turned away due to a wedding reception being held there. However, the bride and groom are huge Philly sports fans, and invited Howard and his guest into the reception for a photo-op. Later that night, Howard and J-Roll were backstage at the Jay-Z concert. Got 99 problems, but the Yankees ain't 1.


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The Little Red Machine?
With the recent run of success by this Phillies team (3 straight NL East division titles, a World Series championship, and another World Series berth this season), Jimmy Rollins has dubbed them "The Little Red Machine" , a mini version of the powerhouse Cincinnati Reds team of the mid-70's nicknamed "The Big Red Machine". Some baseball analysts feel this is a bit premature and unwarranted. ESPN's Rob Neyer points out- "In 2008 and 2009, the Phillies outscored their opponents by 230 runs. That's an impressive figure, no doubt. In 1975 and 1976, the Reds outscored their opponents by 478 runs. That's one of the most impressive figures in the history of professional baseball, the result of one of the five or six greatest collections of talent that's ever been assembled." He does go on to admitting that he likes nicknames and that with another World Series win the Phils can lay rightful claim to The Little Red Machine.
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Pedro Likes it Fast:
When Pedro Martinez was asked if he thinks the Phillies need to be reminded not to take their foot off the gas, he responded with- "This team doesn't need to be told. This team has proven over and over that this team is all about business. If we were a car, right now we probably would be in trouble with the law. This team really speeds up and never lets down. I think we're more of a NASCAR type of team. We feel like we are in the driver's seat...in a NASCAR driver's seat."

~Carson

Monday, October 26, 2009

Are You Ready For New York?



Okay, I have something to say to each of the four people interviewed in this video:
1. A baseball hat along with a tie and suspenders is the definition of obnoxious.
2. "Who's you poppy?" Idiot. It's "Who's your daddy?" Do you think this guy knows that Joe Torre isn't the manager anymore?
3. Minor league? You can still be WFC in the minor league, so I'm okay with whatever league the Phils play in.
4. Get a nose job.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Progression in Pictures

The beginning...


then...


followed by...


final destination...

~Carson

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Would you rather...?

The Phillies wrapped up their 2009 World Series berth this past Wednesday and still have until this coming Wednesday to prepare for their opponent. Who will that opponent be? Well, that's still up in the air. But today we ask you the question- Which team do you want the Phillies to face in the World Series?

Option 1- New York Yankees
A storybook history of 27 titles, billions of dollars spent, droves of Hall-of-Famers, and a current cast of all-stars with the most prolific offense in the game today. To be the best, you have to beat the best. Winning the World Series pitted against the Yanks would be ultra-sweet. Jeter, A-Rod, Mo Rivera, Posada, Damon, CC, Pettitte, Teix...would love knocking them down a few notches.

Option 2- Los Angeles Angels
First hailing from California, then Anaheim, then Los Angeles of Anaheim, now finally after much legal drama just LA. This team doesn't get a lot of respect but the fact remains that they dominate the American League West. Local boy Mike Scioscia at the helm, ex-Phillie Bobby Abreu shags flies in RF, and the always amusing Vlad Guerrero at DH.

Option 3- Bad News Bears
They have that girl pitcher who won an Oscar, the man-child that played a creepy Rorschach in Watchmen, a drunk coach, and a bunch of foul-mouthed youngsters. Don't underestimate them.

Which team do you want the Phillies to face in the World Series?
New York Yankees
Los Angeles Angels
Bad News Bears
  
pollcode.com free polls

~Carson

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ibanez on CNN & Dip Into the Archives

Raul Ibanez was featured on CNN's Latino in America special. The show's host, Soledad O'Brien, sat down with the very talented Philadelphia Phillies' Raul Ibanez. In this clip, Ibanez talk about his family's passion for baseball and how his dream could only come true in America.

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Dipping Into the Archives:
One year ago Corey posted a World Series Game 1 recap of the Phillies victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Highlights:
Worst Part of the Game- I hate to beat a dead horse with this one, but the combination of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver is atrocious. Buck talks with the arrogance of a man who believes he is blessing the ears of America with his golden voice, although he doesn't really say anything profound, intelligent or even remotely interesting. And as for McCarver, see the next category. He's so bad I almost wish Joe Morgan was doing the game.

Best TB Hitter- I love watching Japanese hitters like Akinori Iwamura (3-4 in Game 1) slap the ball all around the field. That style of hitting limits power, but for small, speedy players like Iwamura, it's very effective.

*We do plenty of complaining about T-Mac, Wheels, and Sarge, but the atrocious asshats in the form of McCarver and Buck are far worse. We'll be forced to listen to them hype up the AL team and constantly downplay the Phils success. Then the Phils will win the World Series while Joe Buck goes into the fetal position, sucking his thumb in the corner.

*I highlighted Iwamura, because I too like him, and think he might be a good fit for 3rd base in 2010. He hits for average, plays solid defense, and has some wheels. I'd much rather have him batting 7th next year than Feliz. Iwamura hasn't played 3rd since 2007, but he's capable to switching back (has been playing 2nd base the past 2 seasons). Feliz has an option for $5M, but picking it would be unwise, because it seems he is breaking down. Now watch him promptly belt a game-winning homerun next Wednesday in Game 1 of this World Series just to spite me.

~Carson

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Stat-ing the Obvious


The Philadelphia Phillies are following down the same path of postseason dominance that they blazed last October. Timely hitting and solid pitching has gotten the job done thus far. In '08 they won the NLDS in 4 and the NLCS in 5, '09- second verse same as the first. With a week to go before the Phils begin their final quest of WFC2, lets take time to look at the stats from this year's playoffs to date.

Offense:
Team- .261/.840, 55 r, 13 2B, 4 3B, 14 hr, 6 sb.

Stars- Ryan Howard 2 hr, 8 r, 14 rbi, 1.203 OPS.
Shane Victorino 13 h, 3 hr, 8 r, 7 rbi, 3 sb, 1.161 OPS.
Jayson Werth 5 hr, 10 r, 10 rbi, 1.207 OPS.
Carlos Ruiz 7 bb, 4 r, 7 rbi, 1.000 OPS from the 8-hole.

2008 Postseason- .260/.798, 64 r, 27 2B, 2 3B, 19 hr, 14 sb.

Pitching:
Team- 7-2 record, 3.04 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 80 ip, 60:22 K:BB.

Stars- Cliff Lee 2 wins, 0.74 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 24.1 ip, 20 k.
Pedro Martinez 0.00 ERA, 0.29 WHIP, 7 ip, 3 k.
Brad Lidge 1 win, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 3 sv, 4 ip, 4 k.
Chad Durbin 2 wins, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 4 ip.

2008 Postseason- 11-3 record, 3.07 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 123 ip, 110:45 K:BB.

Somewhere, possibly his own personal hell, TJ Simers is crying.

~Carson

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Game Time- Hamels to Clinch


Cole Hamels' 2009 season and postseason have been a struggle. He's looked dominant at times, but seems to fall apart when things don't go his way (blown calls, fielding gaffes). Tonight he looks to put all that behind him and help the Phillies clinch their second straight NL pennant. He'll be opposed by the switch-hitting guru and all-of-a-sudden brilliant pitcher Vicente Padilla for the Dodgers. After Monday night's historical comeback the Brick Cit House will be rockin' with anticipation this evening.

Phood 4 Thought:
*The Phillies are 6-2 this postseason and need 5 more wins for WFC2.

*Ryan Howard has an rbi in 8 straight playoff games (14 total this postseason). Another big game tonight, coupled with a Phils victory locks up NLCS MVP honors for him.

*Carlos Ruiz's on base percentage is an eye-popping .533.

*Brad Lidge hasn't allowed a run all postseason (4 gm/3 ip) after notching an abominable 7.21 ERA during the regular season. Gotta give credit when/where credit is due.
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All Aboard the Cooch Train:
First it was TBS with the infamous "Cooch" typo for Phils catcher Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz in the postseason last year, and now it's a Philly news dude with an emphatic slip of the tongue. Video taken without permission from The Fightins for your viewing pleasure...


And for your listening pleasure...
(Parental Advisory- Explicit Content)

~Carson

Here We Go Again...

That idiot with a word processor is still getting his keyboard feces published...

You get this far with the best record in the National League, the home-field advantage and now everyone in the country has good reason to be ticked.

Fox will be broadcasting the World Series and it likes to put the camera on the face of every single fan sitting in the stands, these fans as ugly as any in the country.

Nowhere in America are people more angry than those living here. During Game 3 they had their humorless furry mascot put on boxing gloves and take on someone who was supposed to be an L.A. fan, sunglasses, cellphone and all. The furry mascot punched him out, much to the delight of the folks here who love a dash of violence with their sports entertainment. Same tired skits, by the way, they employed a year ago.

But this is considered entertainment here, the only bright spot if they draw the Yankees now, getting a look in the mirror at fans who might remind them of themselves.
Does anybody take TJ Simers seriously? He's not a journalist or a sportswriter, he's an agitator. He relies on his ridiculous insults to create interest and attention. The only people who read his columns, me included, do so because they can't believe that the idiocy he creates gets published by a major media outlet. It's like slowing down and rubbernecking at a car accident. A Simers column is an SUV flipped on it's side and on fire. Useless, but strangely enticing. And then you feel guilty afterward for gawking.

He can't really mean the things he says. It's impossible. That wrinkled old loser can't really call an entire fanbase ugly. He mentioned mirrors later in the piece so I assume he's looked at one. Other people ugly?

And to call out the Phanatic for doing the same old shtick. Child, please. The Phanatic is supposed to do the same old shtick. Would this idiot criticize the circus for continuing to have clowns? And worse, Simers is the epitome of a "tired skit". Passive aggressive questioning to athletes and childlike insults never seem to get old to him. What's good for the goose should be good for the douche.

But it must be said, he is successful. He once again lured me in to these stupid arguments. I doubt I'm alone, too. And he is correct on one of his points. Yankees fans do remind me of Phillies fans, at least more than the Dodger fans do, because they've also seen a WFC trophy in the last twenty years.

Scoreboard.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

WOW

For this post I felt the need to consult Thesaurus.com for synonyms of AMAZING.

Awesome, fascinating, incredible, marvelous, shocking, stunning, surprising, unbelievable, wonderful, astonishing, breathtaking, impressive, miraculous, spectacular, astounding, extraordinary, thrilling, exciting.

Really though, it can be summed up with one word- WOW!

Being at that game is something I’ll never forget. It started off with a bang- Howard’s 2-run shot and ended in a frenzy- Rollins’ 2-run double. In between was some solid relief work by Park, Madson, and Lidge.

Heading into the playoffs, I didn’t like the Phils chances for repeating, didn’t even predict them to get past Colorado. What the &%^@ do I know?! This team is playing inspired ball here in October, and even the losses are only a hit or play away from being W’s. Playing in Philly is a huge advantage too, because the atmosphere at the ball park is off the charts in terms of intensity. Citizens Bank erupts every time the Phils do something positive and are relentless in the heckling of the opposition. It’s a good time to be a Phillie and to be a Phillies fan.

It was a game for the ages, the best game I’ve ever seen on tv or in person. Jayson Stark puts it into perspective- “There have been 1,251 postseason games in baseball history. Only two others -- two -- ever ended this way, with a walk-off extra-base hit by a team that was one out away from losing.” Those other two men that did it before J-Roll…Kirk Gibson and Cookie Lavagetto. Legendary!

*Image stolen from The Zo Zone without permission.

~Carson

Monday, October 19, 2009

Total Domination

Knock the opposing starting pitcher out before the 5th inning. Check.

Score 10+ runs. Check.

Shutout the competition. Check.

Singles, doubles, triples, and homeruns galore. Check.

Every player in the starting lineup scored a run, including the pitcher. Check.

Yes, Cliff Lee and the rest of the Philadelphia Phillies held total domination over the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, winning an 11-0 laugher.



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Tonight:
Joe Blanton makes is first start of the 2009 playoffs against ex-Phillie Randy Wolf. The Phils were already subdued by a former teammate and Phillies Phan Club member, Vicente Padilla's Flotilla earlier this series in game 2. Hopefully the Wolf Pack has lost its bite, and the Phils are victors again this evening.

~Carson

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Playoff Howard, Forecast, & Eyre

The vaunted Derek Jeter, Mr. New York himself, committed a playoff edition of The Howard last night in the Yankees wacky win over the Angels. Too bad ESPN's Baseball Tonight or the MLB Network hasn't picked up on this stat yet, or we'd have ourselves one helluva story.
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Forecast:
If you live in PA you know how crappy the weather has been over the past few days...today is no different. High 30's to low 40's, rain, damp, chilly. Game time is set for 8:07 with Cliff Lee facing Hiroki Kuroda, but the weather may dictate otherwise. According to weather.com it's supposed to rain all day in Philly with game time temperature around 42 (feels like 34) with 60% chance of showers and 15 mph wind. Stupid rain.
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Eyre:
Scott Eyre is awesome. He's been outstanding since joining the Phillies bullpen late last season, and when healthy is very reliable. Turns out he's a decent and entertaining writer as well. Check out Eyre's playoff blog. He's open, honest, and funny.

Snippets:
Jim Thome was 0-for-7 in his career against me when I faced him in the eighth. I just left a slider over the plate. It didn't break. I watched the video and it just cement-mixed spun up there and he hit it. It was bad mechanics. My arm was down low. It should have been higher. If it's up higher I drive the ball down and get that break. If I throw a good one he either rolls it over to first or swings and misses. He just filleted it into right field. He didn't even hit it that good.

We'll try to relax on the flight home, eat the nasty food on the plane and move on. We split. You'd love to go 2-0 on the road. 0-2 stinks. But we're going home to play three with our fans with a split. Wear your winter coats and be ready. We'll need you.

It got a little intense out there, didn't it? Especially for me. I drank a Red Bull in the fifth inning and said to myself, "Man, this thing didn't do anything for me today." And then I started warming up in the eighth inning and the Red Bull kicked in hard. When I got on the mound I was like, "Whoa, man. I'm wired right now." I had to step back. Sometimes you get that much adrenaline going ...


~Carson

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Howard- Final 2009 Standings


Winners- Adam Dunn (Washington Nationals) and Mark Reynolds (Arizona Diamondbacks) with 4 apiece.

The Howard by definition-
any time a player commits an error, strikes out, and hits a homerun within the same game.



Full List:
Bobby Abreu (LAA) - 2
Elvis Andrus (TEX) - 1
Adrian Beltre (SEA) - 1
Casey Blake (LAD) - 1
Hank Blalock (TEX) - 1
Geoff Blum (HOU) - 2
Ryan Braun (MIL) - 1
John Buck (KAN) - 1
Marlon Byrd (TEX) - 1
Everth Cabrera (SDP) - 1
Miguel Cabrera (DET) - 1
Orlando Cabrera (MIN/OAK) - 2
Mike Cameron (MIL) - 1
Robinson Cano (NYY) - 1
Shin-Soo Choo (CLE) - 1
Tony Clark (ARI) - 1
Nelson Cruz (TEX) - 1
Michael Cuddyer (MIN) - 1
Jack Cust (OAK) - 1
Chris Davis (TEX) - 1
Carlos Delgado (NYM) - 1
Stephen Drew (ARI) - 1
Chris Duncan (STL) - 1
Adam Dunn (WAS) - 4
Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS) - 1
Mat Gamel (MIL) - 2
Adrian Gonzalez (SDG) - 1
Carlos Gonzalez (COL) - 1
Curtis Granderson (DET) - 1
Nick Green (BOS) - 1
Jose Guillen (KAN) - 1
Franklin Gutierrez (SEA) - 1
Tony Gwynn Jr. (SDP) - 1
Bill Hall (SEA/MIL) - 2
Brendan Harris (MIN) - 1
Brad Hawpe (COL) - 1
Aaron Hill (TOR) - 1
Ramon Hernandez (CIN) - 1
Orlando Hudson (LAD) - 1
Brandon Inge (DET) - 2
Mike Jacobs (KAN) - 1
Adam Jones (BAL) - 1
Howie Kendrick (LAA) - 1
Derrek Lee (CHC) - 2
Evan Longoria (TAM) - 1
Jose Lopez (SEA) - 1
Jed Lowrie (BOS) - 1
Victor Martinez (CLE) - 1
Kazuo Matsui (HOU) - 1
Brian McCann (ATL) - 2
Melvin Mora (BAL) - 1
Kendry Morales (LAA) - 1
Daniel Murphy (NYM) - 1
Jayson Nix (CHW) - 1
Pete Orr (WAS) - 1
Steve Pearce (PIT) - 1
Carlos Pena (TAM) - 2
Cliff Pennington (OAK) - 1
Felix Pie (BAL) - 1
AJ Pierzynski (CHW) - 1
Jorge Posada (NYY) - 2
Albert Pujols (STL) - 1
Carlos Quentin (CHW) - 1
Ryan Raburn (DET) - 1
Alexei Ramirez (CHW) - 2
Hanley Ramirez (FLA) - 1
Manny Ramirez (LAD) - 1
Edgar Renteria (SFG) - 1
Jose Reyes (NYM) - 1
Mark Reynolds (ARI) - 4
Brian Roberts (BAL) - 1
Alex Rodriguez (NYY) - 2
Brendan Ryan (STL) - 1
Travis Snider (TOR) - 1
Geovany Soto (CHC) - 1
Nick Swisher (NYY) - 1
Craig Tatum (CIN) - 1
Taylor Teagarden (TEX) - 1
Mark Teahen (KAN) - 1
Miguel Tejada (HOU) - 1
Matt Tolbert (MIN) - 1
Dan Uggla (FLA) - 3
Justin Upton (ARI) - 1
Chase Utley (PHI) - 1
Josh Willingham (WAS) - 1
Josh Wilson (SEA) - 1
Michael Young (TEX) - 1
Ryan Zimmerman (WAS) - 2
Ben Zobrist (TAM) - 1

Notes:
*Chase Utley was the only Phillie to commit The Howard.

*Bill Hall and Orlando Cabrera have the rare distinction of committing The Howard for two different teams. Hall- Brewers and Mariners, Cabrera- Athletics and Twins.

*Orioles outfielder Felix Pie had a very special Howard, in which he hit for the cycle.

*The Howard on Rogue Baseball Index.

*90 players have The Howard linked to them from the 2009 season with 111 Howards committed in total.

*Cabrera and Ramirez were popular offenders, each clocking in with 3 names (Cabrera- Orlando, Miguel, and Everth) and (Ramirez- Manny, Alexei, and Hanley).

*The Howards of 2009 will now be archived in the WSBGMs sidebar.

*The stat's namesake failed to be awarded a Howard all year. There's always next season...