Ryan Howard: Is the Phillies Star “Overrated” or a 2011 MVP Candidate?

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Ryan Howard: Is the Phillies Star “Overrated” or a 2011 MVP Candidate?
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Each season it seems that there are more and more Ryan Howard haters. "He strikes out too much, he's a liability defensively, his power numbers are down" are all things that Philly Nation has heard since Howard broke onto the scene in 2005.

Let's put this argument to rest right here and now. Ryan Howard is the key to the Phillies lineup and their success. It is no coincidence that the Phillies became the beasts of the NL East when Ryan Howard was given the everyday first basemen's job.

The Phillies have the best record in baseball and they are missing a lot of key cogs to their team. As long as their starting staff keeps dominating the way they have been and Ryan Howard is anchoring the lineup, don't expect much to change.

The big man is already one of the greatest baseball players in Phillies history as he has put up mind-boggling numbers. He has hit more home runs since entering the league in 2005 than any other player in baseball. Let's shut-up the haters right now.

Here are ten reasons why Ryan Howard will win the 2011 MVP and is in no way "overrated."

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