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The Battle For Rookie of the Year

The Phillies fell short of the post-season, but there may be a post-season honor coming their way. Ryan Howard is right in the thick of things when it comes to favorites for the National League Rookie of the Year honors. His main competition comes from young stars in Atlanta and Houston.

The National League Rookie of the Year balloting should come down to three players: Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur, Houston's Willy Taveras and Philadelphia's own Ryan Howard. Here's a look at the ups, downs and potential to win the award for all three players. Jeff Francoeur Jeff Francoeur was hitting over .400 in late July, but cooled off and finished the season hitting an even .300 The Atlanta Braves...

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