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February 21, 2019

Phillies legend Ryan Howard reportedly joining ESPN’s baseball shows

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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard tips his hat to the fans as he is honored during a pregame ceremony before action against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

It’s been a big year for members of the 2008 World Series Phillies team taking their next big steps in life. Jimmy Rollins re-joined the Phillies last month, and now Ryan Howard is joining the Worldwide Leader.


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Howard, who played his entire major league career in Philadelphia from 2004 to 2016 and owns four Phillies all-time records, is reportedly joining ESPN as a studio personality, according to the New York Post.

To jog your memory, Howard officially announced his retirement from baseball this past September in a Players Tribune article. He'd been bouncing around between minor league teams after the Phillies let him walk as a free agent in 2016.

Howard also joined Conshohocken venture capital firm SeventySix Capital as a partner in 2017, and invested in Conshohocken-based Play by Play Sports Broadcasting Camps last April, which sure makes sense now.


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Rumors were swirling about Howard’s potential connection to ESPN as early as last October.

And he brings at least a smidge of experience with him: Howard appeared on MLB Network this calendar year in a bit of a guest analyst role:

It's been a good week for former Philadelphia athletes getting into television, too: former Flyer fan favorite Scott Hartnell is joining the NHL Network this week.

Also, incredibly, Ryan Howard has now had a more productive offseason than Bryce Harper. In 2019. What a world.


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