Howard's 40th dinger sets club mark
Slugger first Phillie with three consecutive 40-homer seasons
NEW YORK -- Ryan Howard became the first hitter in Phillies history to hit 40 home runs in three consecutive seasons, blasting an opposite-field solo shot off the Mets' Johan Santana in the third inning Sunday night at Shea Stadium.Howard's first-inning RBI single gave Howard 120 RBIs in 2008, which also put him into Philadelphia's history books. He is now the third hitter in Phillies history to string together three consecutive 120-RBI seasons, the first to do so since Hall of Famer Chuck Klein did it in five straight years (1929-33). Howard's 40 home runs lead the Major Leagues, and his 121 RBIs are tops in the National League.
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.