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Art Howe, ex-manager and key figure in ‘Moneyball,’ in intensive care with virus

“Never experienced anything like it before," the 73-year-old says of COVID-19. Howe played 12 seasons, but his claim to fame was managing the A’s at the start of “Moneyball.”
In this Sept. 30, 2002, file photo, Oakland A's manager Art Howe watches his team warm up before a game. Howe is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with the coronavirus. The 73-year-old, best known as the manager of the "Moneyball” Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s, confirmed to Houston TV station KPRC 2 on Thursday, May 14, 2020, that he has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3.
In this Sept. 30, 2002, file photo, Oakland A's manager Art Howe watches his team warm up before a game. Howe is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with the coronavirus. The 73-year-old, best known as the manager of the "Moneyball” Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s, confirmed to Houston TV station KPRC 2 on Thursday, May 14, 2020, that he has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3. [ BEN MARGOT | AP ]
Published May 15, 2020
Updated May 15, 2020

HOUSTON — Former major-league manager and infielder Art Howe is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with the coronavirus.

The 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 on late Thursday that he has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3.

Howe told the station he found out he was positive two days after being tested and tried to recover at home. He went to the hospital by ambulance on Tuesday, and remained in ICU.

“Never experienced anything like it before,” Howe said, adding that he needs to go 24 hours without a fever before he can be released from the hospital.

Howe spent 12 seasons in the majors as a player, primarily at second base and third base. He played for Pittsburgh (1974-75) and Houston (1976-82), but he missed the 1983 season with an injury before playing two more years for St. Louis (1984-85). Howe hit .260 over his career with 43 home runs and 293 RBIs. His only postseason homer in three playoff trips came in the 1981 NL Division Series against Los Angeles.

Howe began his big league managerial career 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 while winning 600 regular-season games and leading Oakland to the playoffs three times. Those teams became known for general manager Billy Beane’s then-unconventional method of using sabermetrics to evaluate players. Author Michael Lewis wrote a bestselling book on the A’s called Moneyball, and it was later turned into a film starring Brad Pitt as Beane and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Howe.

Howe was released from his contract with the A’s after the 2002 season and became the manager of the New York Mets for two seasons.

“Want to send best wishes on behalf of our entire organization to former @Mets manager Art Howe who is in a Houston hospital battling COVID-19,” Mets vice president of alumni public relations and team historian Jay Horwitz wrote on Twitter. “Never have met a nicer man.”

Howe, whose managerial record is 1,129–1,137, most recently served as Texas’ bench coach during the 2007 and ‘08 seasons.

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