The frustrating thing with Howard is that there were times during the middle to end of the season, where he looked like he was picking the ball up well. He may have taken some big ugly cuts, but there were a lot of times he appeared to lay off the junk balls and work the count. Then, if they faced a pitcher that did not have a fastball, and threw nothing but junk, he would corkscrew himself into the box. He still stands too far away from the plate, and pulls his head off the ball when he swings. The word is that both Milt Thompson and GG tried to get him to adjust his approach. he would do it for a short time, then revert back. That's just being ignorant to learning what you need to do to be more successful, or an unwillingness to admit your wrong with how you bat. Guys like Pujols are students of the game and appear eager to do whatever it takes to be better at his craft. If he is going to have that kind of time off before he can work out hard, perhaps he will log some film time and see what he can do to get better, especially in the playoffs. We all know he has skills, its how he moves forward to improve those skills that will make the difference next year and after.