Ryan Howard became the fastest big leaguer to reach 200 career home runs Thursday, nailing his 23rd longball of the season on an 0-1 changeup from Chris Volstad in the sixth inning of his Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 win over the Florida Marlins.
The giant first baseman passed Hall-of-Famer Ralph Kiner, who reached the 200-home run milestone in 706 games. It took Howard 658 games.
When asked what he knew about Kiner, Big Brown replied:
Uh, he’s the guy whose record I broke... Not to be disrespectful or anything, but he was before my time.Just a little bit. Kiner played for the Pirates, Cubs and Indians from 1946-1955, enjoying a string of seven seasons in which he led the league in home runs.
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