Ryan Howard Autographed Jersey
Selected in the fifth round of the 2001 draft, Ryan Howard immediately impressed the Philadelphia Phillies' brass with his bat and glove. As a result, he quickly jumped from the minors to the Major Leagues, playing 18 games with the Phillies in 2004 before becoming the team's full-time first baseman in 2005. Howard hit .288 with 22 home runs and 63 RBI in 88 games, winning him 2005 NL Rookie of the Year honors. The Phillies had such faith in Howard that they traded veteran star Jim Thome, making Howard their first baseman now and for the future. Howard rewarded the Phillies for their commitment to him, as he hit .313 with 58 home runs and 149 RBI, played in his first All-Star Game and was named 2006 NL MVP. In both 2007 & 2008, Howard helped anchor the Phillies to two straight NL East division titles, and helped deliver a World Series ring after a fantastic run in 2008.