Ryan James Howard (born November 19, 1979, in St. Louis, Missouri) is a baseball player who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies. Howard was the 2006 National League MVP and the fastest player to reach 100 home runs in Major League Baseball history. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1998 and attended Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University). Howard is six feet, four inches tall and 250 pounds. He bats and throws left-handed.