Watch: Ryan Howard Clubs Double With Old-school Swing for Rockies' Triple A Affiliate

Phillies fans have seen this swing plenty over the years.

And now Albuquerque Isotopes followers have seen it too.

Ryan Howard on Sunday night made his Isotopes debut one day after signing a minor-league contract with the Rockies and showcased a sweet old-school swing we've seen so many times before in the third inning.

Howard smoked a fastball to right-center field for a two-out double during Albuquerque's 22-1 win over the Fresno Grizzlies. Howard then scored on Cristhian Adames' two-run blast.

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Outside of the double, Howard's debut with the Isotopes didn't go so well. The former NL MVP went 1 for 6 with two strikeouts in his first game with Albuquerque.

But his third-inning double was a thing of beauty, a throwback to when Howard was one of the most feared sluggers in baseball.

This isn't Howard's first stint in the minor leagues this season. Howard, 37, inked a minor-league deal with the Braves in April but Atlanta released him on May 6.

In 38 at-bats for Gwinnett, the Braves' Triple A affiliate, Howard hit just .184 with one home run and 11 strikeouts. Adding in the six ABs from Sunday, he's now hitting .182 at Triple A.

The Phillies moved on from Howard after last season, but the first baseman will forever be remembered as one of the best power hitters in team history despite never regaining his form after tearing his Achilles in the 2011 NLDS.

Howard is still looking to play in the majors, and he could have a shot with the Rockies, who currently hold a 4.5 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL's second wild-card spot.

With rosters expanding in September, there's a possibility Howard could be added to the Rockies' bench.

It sure would be nice to see Howard in a playoff race again, no matter how small the role.

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