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09/29/2008 1:25 PM ET
Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies voted Sharp Presents the National League Player of the Month for September
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First baseman Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies has been named the Sharp Presents the National League Player of the Month for September.

The left-handed hitting slugger batted .352 (31-88), with seven doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 32 RBI and 26 runs scored in September. Howard posted a slugging percentage of .852 and an on-base percentage of .422. His home runs, RBI and slugging percentage led the N.L. The 28-year-old recorded nine multi-hit games, including consecutive multi-hit games on September 7th against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium and September 8th-9th vs. Florida. Howard posted his fifth multi-home run game of the season with a pair of two-run shots on September 3rd at Washington. The 2006 N.L. Most Valuable Player finished the season with N.L.-best totals of 48 HR and 146 RBI. He posted 130 RBI over his final 125 games of the 2008 season. Howard is the first Phillie ever with three consecutive 40-homer seasons, and 25 of his last 30 hits were for extra bases. This marks Ryan's third monthly award of his career (previously won: August and September 2006).

Other players receiving votes were Los Angeles Dodgers teammates Manny Ramirez (.370, 8 HR, 28 RBI) and Andre Ethier (.462, 8 2B, 18 RBI) and shortstop Stephen Drew (.337, 6 HR, 12 RBI) of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

For setting the highest definition of excellence, Sharp, the presenting sponsor of the National League Player of the Month Award, presents Ryan Howard with a 52" AQUOS. Sharp AQUOS is the "Official High-Definition Television of Major League Baseball." Ryan also will receive a specially designed trophy to mark his achievements.
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