It’s time for the Philadelphia Phillies to pull the plug on 36-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard. I know that he is a Phillies’ legend, but enough is enough. He is in the final year of a 5-year, $125 million deal. They aren’t going to bring him back next year, so why let him take ABs away from 25-year old righty swinging Tommy Joseph? Howard has played in 76 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 36 of 220 (.164 avg, .594 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 14 homers and 30 RBIs. He has also whiffed 78 times against 17 walks so far this year for the Phillies. It almost hurts to watch him play right now, as is a shell of his former self. Joseph has played in 57 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 50 for 191 (.262 avg, .818 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 14 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has whiffed 47 times so far this year against only 9 walks. The Phillies are a rebuilding team, so why not see what Joseph can do while playing everyday at 1B for the rest of the season. I would release Ryan Howard, pronto!