Ryan Howard showed on Wednesday that he still has a little bit left in the tank. Now playing for the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, the 37-year-old drilled a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning in the first game of a doubleheader against the Reno Aces.
Howard inked a minor league deal with the Rockies earlier this month, several months after being released by the Braves. In 12 games with the Isotopes, Howard is hitting .222/.211/.500 with two home runs and seven RBI across 38 plate appearances.
The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.
Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.