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in 1985 at Busch Memorial Stadium.
|Infielder / Manager|
|Born: December 15, 1946|
|July 10, 1974, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 19, 1985, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||293|
Arthur Henry Howe Jr. (born December 15, 1946) is a former Major League Baseball infielder, coach, scout and manager. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1974–1975), Houston Astros (1976–1982), and St. Louis Cardinals (1984–1985). Howe managed the Astros (1989–93), Oakland Athletics (1996–2002), and New York Mets (2003–04), compiling a career record of 1,129 wins and 1,137 losses.
Howe was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Wyoming on a college football scholarship, but played baseball after injuries ended his football career. and signed his first playing contract at age 24, with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971. He came to the major leagues as a part-time player with Pittsburgh in 1974–75, before a trade to the Astros for infielder Tommy Helms on January 6, 1976. He played all four infield positions, mostly as a third baseman and second baseman, for Houston from 1976–82. In only playing in 125 games in 1977 and alternating between 2B, SS and 3B, Howe only committed 8 errors. On May 7, 1980, he suffered a fractured jaw when hit by a pitch from Expos pitcher Scott Sanderson.
In May 1981 he won the Player of the Month Award, the only Astros third baseman to win it until it was also won by Alex Bregman in June 2018. After missing the entire 1983 season with an injury, he finished his playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals (1984–85). The right-handed hitter appeared in 891 games over all or parts of 11 seasons, compiling a lifetime batting average of .260 with 43 home runs.
As a coach and manager
In 1986, Howe began his coaching career as an aide to Bobby Valentine with the Texas Rangers. After three seasons, he was hired by his old team, the Astros, as manager for 1989, succeeding Hal Lanier. Howe enjoyed a successful first season in Houston, but the team was rebuilding with young players such as Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, and suffered losing years in 1990–91. In 1992 and 1993 the Astros improved to .500 and then a winning record, but Howe was fired in favor of Terry Collins at the close of the '93 campaign. During the 1994–95 Dominican Winter League season, Howe led the Azucareros del Este to their first championship.
After a year as a Major League scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and spending 1995 as bench coach for the Colorado Rockies, Howe was selected to replace the high-profile Tony La Russa as manager of the Athletics for 1996. The A's suffered through three losing seasons under Howe before, in 1999, they returned to contention. In 2000, 2001 and 2002, the A's won 91, 102 and 103 games respectively and made the American League playoffs in each season. But they did not win a playoff series, and Howe and general manager Billy Beane grew estranged. At the end of 2002, despite a seven-year mark of 600–533 (.530), Howe was released from his Oakland contract to become the highly paid manager of the New York Mets.
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman portrayed Howe in the film Moneyball, which dramatized Billy Beane's tactics of using sabermetrics to select players. Howe stated that he was unhappy with his portrayal in both the film and the Michael Lewis book it was based on, in which Howe was portrayed as a stubborn traditionalist who refused to follow Beane's plans and a figurehead who acquiesced while Beane ran the A's from the clubhouse. He said it was unfortunate that Beane's lack of regard for him was that obvious.
Howe's two years in New York proved highly unsuccessful. The Mets won only 42 percent of their games, the front office went through three general managers, and attendance at Shea Stadium fell. In September 2004, word of Howe's impending firing was leaked to the media two weeks before the season ended, but he was allowed to finish the year. Ultimately, the general manager of the club, Omar Minaya, replaced Howe with Willie Randolph, bench coach for the New York Yankees.
On October 16, 2006, Howe was hired as the third base coach and an infield instructor by the Philadelphia Phillies. After the Texas Rangers hired Ron Washington – a former coach under Howe in Oakland – as their new manager, the Phillies gave Howe permission to speak with the Rangers about any openings in the organization. On November 7, 2006, Howe was hired by the Rangers as Washington's bench coach. He served two years in that role (2007–08) but his contract was not renewed at the end of the Rangers' disappointing 2008 season.
- As of September 18, 2015
|Team||From||To||Regular season record||Post–season record||Ref.|
|W||L||Win %||W||L||Win %|
|New York Mets||2003||2004||137||186||.424||—|||
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- Ray Ratto, Examiner Columnist (November 17, 1995). "Nobody will ever call him Neon Art Howe". SFGate. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- "BASEBALL ROUNDUP : A's Reportedly Pick Art Howe as Manager - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. November 16, 1995. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- foxsports (September 27, 2011). "Howe upset with 'Moneyball' portrayal". FOX Sports. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- DAVE CALDWELL (September 16, 2004). "Howe Agrees to Go Quietly as Mets' Wilpon Speaks Up - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- "Art Howe". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
- "The clairvoyant Betty Howe". SFGate. November 18, 1995. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Baseball-Reference.com – career managing record and playing statistics
| National League Player of the Month
| Houston Astros Longest Hitting Streak
| Texas Rangers batting coach
| Texas Rangers batting coach
| Texas Rangers bench coach