Phillies win 5-2 in Ryan Howard's farewell
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ryan Howard's farewell game with the Philadelphia Phillies ended with a win.
Cesar Hernandez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the playoff-bound New York Mets 5-2 on Sunday.
Howard, the last player remaining from the 2008 World Series championship team, was honored in a pregame ceremony. The Phillies are planning to pay Howard a $10 million buyout instead of exercising a $23 million club option for 2017.
Howard, who turns 37 next month, thanked fans and the organization and saluted teammates in an emotional speech. The 2006 NL MVP choked up a few times and fought back tears when he told the crowd: ''My family has grown with all of you.''
Howard was 0 for 4, but received several standing ovations and got a curtain call after popping out in the eighth. He finished the season with a .196 batting average anid hit 25 homers, tying Maikel Franco for the team lead.