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Art Howe

Art Howe (with Ron Washington at left) in the Texas dugout
Infielder / Manager
Born: December 15, 1946 (1946-12-15) (age 63)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
July 10, 1974 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
April 19, 1985 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average     .260
Home runs     43
Runs batted in     293
Teams

As player

As manager

Arthur Henry Howe Jr. (born December 15, 1946) is a former infielder, coach, scout and manager in Major League Baseball. He is an alumnus of the University of Wyoming. He served as manager of three clubs: the Houston Astros (1989-1993), Oakland Athletics (1996-2002), and New York Mets (2003-2004), compiling a career record of 1,129 wins against 1,137 defeats (.498).

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Playing career

Howe was a relatively old 24 years of age when he signed his first playing contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971. He came to the Majors as a part-time player with Pittsburgh in 1974-75, before a trade to the Astros afforded him greater playing time. He played all four infield positions, mostly as a third baseman and second baseman, for Houston from 1976-82. 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 only 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.

His 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, he 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.

Personal

Howe is married to his high school sweetheart, Betty. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Managerial Statistics

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
Houston Astros 1989 162 86 76 .531 3rd in NL West - - - -
1990 162 75 87 .463 5th in NL West - - - -
1991 162 65 97 .401 6th in NL West - - - -
1992 162 81 81 .500 4th in NL West - - - -
1993 162 85 77 .525 3rd in NL West - - - -
Houston Astros Total 810 392 418 .484 - - - -
Oakland Athletics 1996 162 78 84 .481 3rd in AL West - - - -
1997 162 65 97 .401 4th in AL West - - - -
1998 162 74 88 .457 4th in AL West - - - -
1999 162 87 75 .537 2nd in AL West - - - -
2000 161 91 70 .565 1st in AL West 2 3 .400 Lost to New York Yankees
2001 162 102 60 .630 2nd in AL West 2 3 .400 Lost to New York Yankees
2002 162 103 59 .636 1st in AL West 2 3 .400 Lost to Minnesota Twins
Oakland Athletics Total 1,133 600 534 .530 2 Division Championships
1 Wild Card
6 9 .400 3 Playoff Appearances
New York Mets 2003 161 66 95 .410 5th in NL East - - - -
2004 162 71 91 .438 4th in NL East - - - -
New York Mets Total 323 137 186 .424 - - - -
Total 2,266 1,129 1,137 .498 6 9 .400 3 Playoff Appearances

External links

References

  • The Baseball Encyclopedia
Preceded by
Dave Concepción
National League Player of the Month
May 1981
Succeeded by
Mike Schmidt
Preceded by
César Cedeño
Houston Astros Longest Hitting Streak
1981-2000
Succeeded by
Tony Eusebio
Preceded by
Merv Rettenmund
Texas Rangers Batting Coach
1985-1988
Succeeded by
Tom Robson
Preceded by
Hal Lanier
Houston Astros Manager
1989-1993
Succeeded by
Terry Collins
Preceded by
Merv Rettenmund
Texas Rangers Batting Coach
1995
Succeeded by
Tom Robson
Preceded by
Don Zimmer
Oakland Athletics Managers
1996-2002
Succeeded by
Jackie Moore
Preceded by
Bobby Valentine
New York Mets Manager
2003-2004
Succeeded by
Willie Randolph
Preceded by
Don Wakamatsu
Texas Rangers Bench Coach
2007-2008
Succeeded by
Jackie Moore
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