For Ryan Howard, It’s VC Spring Training

From left: SeventySix Capital partner Wayne Kimmel; SeventySix Capital partner Ryan Howard; and Villanova Law’s Moorad Center for Sports Law director Andrew Brandt at the University City Science Center Quorum space.

Former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard really sees a future for himself among entrepreneurs. Last month, we learned that the former National League MVP and World Series champion is officially a partner at SeventySix Capital. Thursday evening, he sat down for the first time before the public as a VC with fellow SeventySix Capital partner Wayne Kimmel and Villanova Law’s Moorad Center for Sports Law director Andrew Brandt.

Coming off an abrupt end to his minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves organization, the former first baseman told the audience how he plans to balance his push for the big leagues with his new role at the firm. And in case you were wondering how he’ll be useful to budding business magnates, he gets into that also explains why there’s ample room for him in the growing sports business and innovation field. Here are some highlights from the discussion: Read more »

Ryan Howard Joins Radnor-based Venture Capital Firm As New Partner

Ryan Howard. (Jeff Fusco)

Fresh off his release by the Atlanta Braves organization, SeventySix Capital has announced that former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has signed on to join the Radnor-based venture capital firm as its latest partner.

A news release from the company states that the 2008 World Series champion will “leverage his business acumen and relationships to source new opportunities for the firm and take portfolio companies to the next level.”

Led by managing partners Wayne Kimmel and Jon Powell, SeventySix Capital specializes in investing in innovative seed and early stage consumer-facing tech, retail, sports and wellness companies.  Read more »

Roy Halladay Looks Back on His Phillies Years

Roy Halladay acknowledging the crowd before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch in August 2014. Photo: Eric Hartline, USA Today Sports

Roy Halladay acknowledging the crowd before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch in August 2014. Photo: Eric Hartline, USA Today Sports

It was another night on the road for the big man, another night in a hotel in between games. He called the team together to relax and have some simple, old-fashioned fun: pizza and a movie. Maybe that would keep them from running through the hallways.

They sat around and told jokes and talked baseball. But one player was fixated on a video he’d found on iTunes. Puzzled, he turned to Roy Halladay for some clarity. “Coach,” the 12-year-old boy said, “is that you?” Read more »

Ryan Howard’s Long Goodbye


For a second there, you could feel something familiar stirring in your chest again — a little surge of adrenaline, fluttering like a butterfly’s wings.

Ryan Howard had just reached out and swatted at a belt-high pitch, and the ball exploded off his bat the way it used to, and most of the people in the chilly ballpark leaned forward in anticipation the way they used to. If Harry Kalas had still been alive, his voice would’ve been climbing along with the spinning white dot, adding a touch of suspense for his listeners: “It could be… it might be…”

But Harry’s been gone for seven years now. The ball took a nose-dive at the warning track in centerfield, and slammed into a red Toyota advertisement in front of the bullpen. Howard, all 6-foot-4, 250 and some odd pounds of him, chug-a-lugged into second base with a double in his first at-bat in Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.

The fans gave him an appreciative round of applause. It was the first of his final three games in a Phillies uniform, maybe the final games of his storied 13-year career. If Howard allowed his eyes to roam the stands, he surely noticed whole sections of empty blue seats. Even worse, there was a large, vocal contingent of New York Mets fans in the house, chanting “Let’s go Mets!” like they owned the joint. So this was how the most joyful era in Phillies history was drawing to a close. Goddamn it all.  Read more »

MLB Clears Ryan Howard in Drug Probe

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball announced today it had cleared Phillies slugger Ryan Howard in its investigation into the Al Jazeera performance-enhancing drug report released late last year.

The international media giant’s report into the world of sports doping used an undercover athlete to secretly record people peddling PEDs. It linked Howard, two-time Super Bowl champ Peyton Manning, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and others to edge-enhancing drugs. MLB cleared Zimmerman today also; the NFL is investigating other football players named in the report.

“This thorough investigation did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard of Zimmerman,” MLB said in its statement. “Both Howard and Zimmerman fully cooperated with the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.” Charlie Sly, the pharmacist secretly recorded in the report who accused the two baseball players, did not cooperate with MLB. Read more »

Phillies, City Unveil New Ryan Howard Youth Baseball Facility

Ryan Howard, along with members of the Monarchs, the Phillies youth squad and the Phillie Phonetic.

Ryan Howard, along with members of the Monarchs, the Phillies youth squad.

The City, along with the Phillies and Major League Baseball, unveiled the new Ryan Howard Training Center at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia Thursday. The 7,500 square foot training center was added  to the existing recreation center, and is state of the art.

“This is what our children deserve, this is what our children are meant to experience,” said Mayor Jim Kenney, who added that growing up, he didn’t have these kinds of facilities. Read more »

Ryan Howard’s Home in Blue Bell Sells This Time

The House of Howard resides in Blue Bell.

Second time’s the charm: A sale agreement in 2014 fell through, but this time, a buyer looking to upsize successfully closed on buying Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard’s Blue Bell home. | Image via Bristol Real Estate

The Phillies may currently be in a slump, but first baseman Ryan Howard is doing fine, for this time around, he has found a buyer for his spacious estate in Blue Bell.

The final sale price of $2.525 million is a little bit below Howard’s asking price of $2.69 million for this second listing — the first was in 2014 — but it nonetheless represents the highest sale price for a home in the Wissahickon School District in nearly three years, according to agent Cary Simons Nelson of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, which represented the buyer in the transaction. Read more »

Man Arrested in Ryan Howard Beer Bottle Incident


Police have cited and arrested the man they say threw a beer bottle at Ryan Howard during a Phillies game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, June 4th.

Sidney Smith, 21, of Wilmington, Delaware, turned himself in at the South Detective Division on Friday, according to police. He was issued a summary citation for disorderly conduct and released.  Read more »

Of Course Someone Threw a Beer Bottle at Ryan Howard


I was sitting on the banks of the Schuylkill River with my boyfriend, Brad, and our friend Conor last year, outside of the Art Museum, when Conor said: “What was the best day of your life?” Conor and Brad were smoking cigars, which seemed to incline them both toward philosophical reflection. Brad said, “The day the Phillies won the World Series.” I said, “Me too!” Only we were talking about two different days.

I was referring to the 1980 victory, which I watched on a small TV with my dad and other customers at Towne Pizza at 19th and Pine. Everyone went absolutely bonkers, including my dad, who never cared at all about sports. Of course, the victory wasn’t about baseball, per se. It was about Philadelphia. It was also pure joy unfettered by knowledge (I was 12), and it suffused my entire body.  Read more »

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