Enough is enough. The Ryan Howard Golden Era has long past and now the Phillies are stuck with a slug that can't slug anymore. A $25M slug (not to mention a $10M buyout of his 2017 option). Yuck. I wasn't for releasing him before the season began, because I held out hope that he could still handle right-handed pitching. Boy, have I been wrong (.159/.614 in 107 at bats). Now is the time, the time to release Ryan Howard. Even ESPN.com thinks it's time.
It's time to give Tommy Joseph the full-time first base job and sit him against tough right-handed pitchers by giving Andres Blanco some reps over there. It's hard to imagine them performing worse than Howard. Joseph has already proven he can play better defense and at only 24 years old, still has room for growth in all facets of his game.
*Side note - I appreciate everything Ryan Howard has meant to the Philadelphia Phillies organization. It's a shame Amaro ever signed him to that unwarranted and premature extension. Had Howard been let go to free agency following 2011, we'd have a far better memory of him.