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Braves release Ryan Howard

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts to striking out looking during the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 25, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

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The Braves announced on Monday that the club released first baseman Ryan Howard from his minor league contract.

Howard, 37, hit a disappointing .184/.238/.263 in 42 plate appearances at Triple-A Gwinnett. He hit his first and only homer this season on Wednesday and it was painful watching him circle the bases.

It’s hard to imagine Howard drawing much interest, even on a minor league deal, now that he’s a free agent. This very well may be the end of Howard’s career.

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