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Thomas Sylvester Howard

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Nicknamed "Tank", Thomas Howard played eleven seasons in the major leagues from 1990-2000. An outfielder, he played a lot in each of left, center and right, with slightly more appearances in right field. As a hitter, he was second in the league with 10 triples 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 in 1986, and played in the minors from 1986-91, hitting over .300 at several stops. He hit over .400 in his first opportunity to play professional ball, in 13 games with Spokane in 1986. After the rest of the 1986 season at Reno, he moved to Wichita for a couple seasons and then was with Las Vegas for parts of the 1988-91 seasons.

Howard hit .302 in 1995 with the Cincinnati Reds, as the fourth outfielder. The Reds that year won their division.

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

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