I've been sharply critical of Ryan Howard remaining a baseball player at the Major League level. Going into the 2016 season, I was more or less willing to accept him remaining on the roster because:
- The 2016 season was expected to be a 3 hour tour to nowhere and
- There was a lack of compelling alternatives at first base and
- Howard has a place in Phillies history as a great power hitter during a fabulous run, and the Phillies have usually tried to act with dignity and class toward franchise type players, so a "Long Goodbye" seemed like an OK idea.