HOUSTON >> Former Major League manager and infielder Art Howe is in intensive care at a Houston hospital with the corona virus.
73-year-old Howe, best known as the manager of the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s, confirmed to Houston TV station KPRC 2 this evening that he has been treating the disease since he first symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3.
Howe told the station that two days after his test he found out he was positive and was trying to recover at home. He went to hospital with an ambulance on Tuesday and remained in intensive care.
“Never experienced anything like this,” Howe said, adding that he must have had no fever for 24 hours before he can be released from the hospital.
Howe spent 12 seasons in the majors as a player, mainly on second and third base, during stints with Pittsburgh (1974-75), Houston (1976-82) and St. Louis (1984-85). He started his career as a manager in the big league with the Astros in 1989 and led them for five seasons.
He took over the A’s in 1996 and managed them for seven years, winning 600 regular season games and leading Oakland to the playoffs three times. Those teams were known for General Manager Billy Beane’s then-unconventional method of using sabermetrics to evaluate players. Author Michael Lewis wrote a bestseller about the A’s called ‘Moneyball’, and it was later turned into a movie starring Brad Pitt as Beane and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Howe.
Howe was released from his contract with the A after the 2002 season and became manager of the New York Mets for two seasons. He was most recently the Texas bank coach in the 2007 and ’08 seasons.
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