MLB News: Slugger Ryan Howard Cut by Braves After Struggling in Minor League
Former Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard's attempt to revive his Major League career was a failure. After just 11 games, Howard's journey ended after the Atlanta Braves released him from his minor-league deal.
The Braves made the announcement through their Twitter account. Earlier, Howard hoped that he could return to the Major League through Triple-A Gwinnet, the Braves' minor league team.
The 37-year-old Howard was far from his form that made him one of the most-feared sluggers in the league with the Phillies where he starred for 13 seasons. Before his release, Howard struggled in Triple-A in 11 games, recording a .184/.238/.263 slash line with a single home run and five RBI in 38 at-bats.
A three-time All-Star, Howard won the 2005 National League Rookie of the Year and then fully arrived at the major league level as the 2006 NL MVP. That season, he tallied .313/.425/.659 with 58 home runs and 149 RBI. That started the first of four straight years in which he had at least 45 homers.
Howard also won the World Series in 2008. If he will not return to the Major League, he will finish his MLB career with 382 home runs, the second most in club history. He also had 1,475 hits and 1,194 RBIs.
Earlier, ESPN.com reported that Howard has been hired by Philadelphia-based venture capital firm SeventySix Capital. "Other than playing the game I love, my passion is investing in innovative companies and helping the entrepreneurs behind them succeed," Howard said in a statement.
During this time with the Phillies, Howard contributed to the Philadelphia community through charitable endeavors. These include the Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation and Little Rhino book series, which focuses on engaging students in the essential area of literacy.
"For us, it's about passionate, smart and nice entrepreneurs who create companies that change the world for the better, and Ryan Howard embodies those traits," said Wayne Kimmel, Managing Partner at SeventySix Capital. "Whether on the field or off, Ryan is determined to continue to make a difference."
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