Former major-league player and manager Art Howe was released from a Houston hospital on Sunday after a stay in intensive care because of the coronavirus.
“Relief, back in my own bedroom. It’s just sweet,” Howe, 73 said. “It was a long five days or so. I’m finally feeling a little bit better. Still not able to eat real good, taste buds are giving me a hard time. It’s just nice to be back home and hopefully continue to progress.”
Howe will be isolated at home for another week or two.
Best known as the manager of the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Howe has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3. He went to a hospital by ambulance Tuesday.
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 missed the 1983 season with an injury. He played 89 games for the Cardinals in 1984, and after four appearances early in the 1985 season, the Cardinal released him at age 38. Howe hit .260 with 43 home runs and 293 RBIs. His only postseason homer in three playoff trips came in a 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 later was the manager of the New York Mets for two seasons. He has a 1,129–1,137 record in the majors. (AP)
Two NFL players get out of jail: NFL cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar were released from Broward County (Fla.) Jail on Sunday, a day after surrendering on felony charges stemming from a cookout at a home in Miramar.
Baker posted a $200,000 bond after a Zoom hearing with Broward Circuit Judge Michael Davis. The New York Giants defender is charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in the Wednesday incident.
Dunbar is charged with four felony counts of armed robbery. The Seattle Seahawk posted a $100,000 bond.
They were attending the cookout Wednesday night when a fight broke out, and Baker pulled out a handgun, the warrant said. Baker, Dunbar and two other men began robbing people of thousands of dollars, watches and other valuables, witnesses told investigators. The players’ lawyers say they have witnesses who will clear them.
Baker was one of three first-round draft picks the Giants had last season. He played in all 16 games, starting 15. He had 61 tackles and no interceptions.
Dunbar signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2015 and was traded to the Seahawks in March. He started 11 games for the Redskins last season, making 37 tackles and four interceptions. (AP)
UCLA gets its first African-American AD: UCLA, the school that produced Jackie Robinson, Kenny Washington and Arthur Ashe, has found its latest racial pioneer. Martin Jarmond was hired Sunday to become the Bruins’ athletics director, the first African American in that role in the school’s 101-year history. He will replace Dan Guerrero, who is retiring next month after an 18-year tenure.
Jarmond has a six-year contract that calls for him to make $1.2 million in the first year and rises to $1.7 million in the final year.
Jarmond, 39, comes from Boston College, where he got the AD job in April 2017 after 15 years as an administrator in the Big Ten Conference. He worked at Ohio State and Michigan State and developed a reputation as an adept fundraiser. (Los Angeles Times)
Park wins golf event in South Korea: In a return to official live tournament golf after the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Park Hyun-kung shot a final-round 67 Sunday to win the Korean Ladies Professional Golf tournament by one stroke. She had a four-round total of 17-under 271 on the Lakewood Country Club course, in Seoul. Lim Hee-jeong (71), who led by three strokes after the third round, and Bae Seon-woo (68) tied for second.
The tournament was played without fans on hand and with players using hand sanitizers and following social-distancing rules. Caddies wore masks and players were allowed to play without them. On Sunday, when players finished their rounds, most gave each other fist or elbow pumps instead of the usual hugs or hand shakes. (AP)
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