Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the season last night. The two-run bomb helped lead the Phillies to a 7-3 win, but that’s not the only thing it did. It also squeezed Ryan Howard into the top 100 list for career home runs. It was Howard’s 335th home run, which ties him with Darryl Strawberry and puts him one behind Joe Adcock for the 99th spot. Additionally, for fun stat reasons, here are some other facts about his 335 career round-trippers:
- 173 of his 335 have been hit in Citizens Bank Park. The most at a visiting park? 20 at Turner Field.
- Only 87 of his 335 have been hit off of lefties.
- 24% of his HRs have been in two-pitch at bats, and 18% have been in three-pitch at bats. Patience is not his bag.
- 48% of his HRs have been solo shots.
Howard becomes the 7th player in the top 100 to have played for the Phillies. Among the original 16 teams, only the Pirates have fewer. But he’s much higher on one list: Howard is 10th in NL history for “career HR by a player who has spent his whole career with 1 team.” He’s likely to be DQ’d from that list at some point.