Ex-A’s manager Art Howe, hospitalized with COVID-19, returns home

Former A’s manager Art Howe, who tested positive for COVID-19 on May 5 is out of the ICU and back home, according to Yahoo Sports.

Howe, 73, second to Tony La Russa with 600 wins in Oakland A’s history, will remain in isolation at home for a few weeks, The Washington Post reported.

“Relief, back in my own bedroom, it’s just sweet,” Howe said to reporters. “I’m finally feeling a little bit better. Still not able to eat real good, taste buds are giving me a hard time.

Howe said he has lost taste and smell.

“I know I should eat but nothing at all makes you want to eat,” he said to a Houston-area TV station.

During his hospitalization he received several get well wishes from players and reporters who still appreciate his genial nature.

Pitcher Tom Candiotti  spent his only season with the A’s in 1998. Howe was his manager. Asked then about what kind of a guy Howe was, Candiotti said:

”He was my manager in 1985 winter ball, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. I went up to him and said, ‘Do you mind if I throw some knuckleballs?’ I hadn’t thrown it that much, and I wanted to work on it.”

”He said, ‘Have at it.’ The one thing you can take to the bank is Art’s patience,” Candiotti said, noting that managers flock to winter ball for the same reason players do — to get noticed. Allowing a pitcher to work on his knuckleball could have repercussions on a prospective manager. Howe didn’t blink.

He wound up managing the A’s to the postseason the final three of his seven years with the club. He also led them to a 20-game win streak in 2002. He played 11 seasons with the Pirates, Astros and Cardinals. Perhaps his highlight as a player came at the end of the 1980 season when the Astros and Dodgers tied for the N.L. West and were forced into a one-game playoff.

In the playoff, Howe had three hits, one a home run, and drove in four runs as Houston won 7-1.

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Author: Gary Peterson