Phillies Ryan Howard Round-Tripper Contest Winner
ST. PETERSBURG, FLRyan Howard, a 24-year-old lefthanded hitting first baseman in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, is the winner of the Minor League Baseball Round-Tripper Contest for 2004. He led all Minor League players with 46 home runs, easily out-distancing runnerup Dallas McPherson, who had 40.
Howard will be honored at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Anaheim in December, where he will receive the Joe Bauman Trophy and a check for $9,200 ($200 for each home run). Bauman set the Minor League Baseball record when he hit 72 homers for Roswell, NM, in 1954.
Howard spent most of the season with the Reading Phillies of the Double-A Eastern League, where he hit 37 homers. After a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League at the end of July, Ryan added nine more before being moved up to the parent Phillies in late August.
McPherson, a third baseman who is also 24, had a similar path, hitting 20 in the Double-A Texas League for Arkansas, then adding 20 more after his promotion to Triple-A Salt Lake of the Pacific Coast League.
Minor League Classification leaders, who will each receive $500 are: Triple-A--Earl Snyder of Pawtucket and Kevin Witt of Memphis, who tied with 36; Double-A--Mitch Jones of Trenton, who hit 39; and Single-A--Brian Dopirak of Lansing, who hit 39.
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