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Thomas Sylvester Howard

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Nicknamed "Tank", Thomas Howard played eleven seasons in the major leagues from 1990 to 2000. An outfielder, he played a lot in each of left, center and right field, with slightly more appearances in right field. As a hitter, he was second in the National League with 10 triples with the Cincinnati Reds in 1996.

Howard went to Ball State University, where he was at the same time as Mike Roesler. He played for Team USA in the 1985 Intercontinental Cup, when they were just 2-5. Howard was a first round draft pick by the San Diego Padres in the 1986 amateur draft, and played in the minors from 1986 tom 1991, hitting over .300 at several stops. He hit over .400 in his first opportunity to play professional ball, in 13 games with the Spokane Indians in 1986. After playing the rest of the 1986 season with the Reno Padres, he moved to the Wichita Pilots for a couple of seasons and then was with the Las Vegas Stars for parts of the 1988 to 1991 seasons.

Howard hit .302 in 1995 with the Cincinnati Reds, as the fourth outfielder. That year, the Reds won a division title.

Late in his career, he spent parts of the 1999 and 2000 seasons with the Memphis Redbirds. He hit .361 in 35 games with Memphis in 1999.

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