Howard's 2013 end really a beginning? 

August, 7, 2013
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When Ryan Howard had surgery on his left knee in mid-July, some people saw it as the end of an era in Philadelphia. Surely, with the Phillies falling out of playoff contention and with an aging core, the team would look to sell off as many parts as possible before the trade deadline and begin the rebuilding process in earnest. As it turns out, perhaps Howard's injury actually was the impetus to go all-in with the current roster for the next few seasons.