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Howard finding the sweet spot

When Ryan Howard hits one of his tape-measure blasts, you don't forget the sight. You don't even forget the sound, writes Jayson Stark.

Originally Published: April 7, 2006
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- The ultimate tip-off that Ryan Howard is headed for serious stardom isn't that Rookie of the Year trophy sitting on his shelf back home in Missouri.

And it isn't those 86 home runs he's whomped over the last two seasons, as he climbed the escalator from Double-A to Triple-A to the big leagues.

It isn't even the fact that it's his picture -- not Bobby Abreu's or Jimmy Rollins' or Pat Burrell's -- on the front of every pocket schedule the Phillies will hand out this year.

Nope, ...

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