Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard becomes fastest player in MLB history to 500 career multi-strikeout games

 By: Matt Rappa, managing editor

PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has broken many records thus far throughout his 1,476-game Major League career.

Howard has set the record for fastest player to reach the 100, 200 and 250 career home run milestones, as well as the fastest to reach 1,000 career runs-batted-in.

In Wednesday evening's 5-4, extra-innings victory over the reigning National League Champion New York Mets, the three-time All-Star set a Major League record for being the fastest to reach another statistical category just not the one he would hope for, anyway.

The 2006 National League Most Valuable Player's second strikeout of the night in the bottom of the 10th inning marked his 500th multi-strikeout performance of his career.

With just 13 years and 1,476 games of experience, Howard is the fastest player in MLB history to reach that plateau, joining Adam Dunn (14 seasons, 686 multi-strikeout games); Jim Thome (22, 653); Reggie Jackson (21, 653); Sammy Sosa (18, 600); Alex Rodriguez (22, 517) and Jose Canseco (17, 516).

Howard also holds the MLB record for single-season strikeouts by a left-handed batter, 199 (2007, 2008) and most games in a career with four or more strikeouts, 20.


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