Former MLB player and manager Art Howe hospitalized as he battles coronavirus

Former MLB player and manager Art Howe hospitalized as he battles coronavirus

Former MLB player and manager Art Howe has been hospitalized as he battles the coronavirus.

The 73-year-old, who had an 11-year career as a player before embarking on a 14-season run as a manager, entered the hospital earlier this week. He discussed his symptoms, COVID-19 diagnosis and hospital admittance with Houston's KPRC-TV (NBC).

"Two Sundays ago (May 3) was my first symptoms. Chills, just shaking like a leaf, my whole body. Finally got tested the following Tuesday," Howe told the TV station.

In addition to chills, Howe said he also lost his sense of taste and had "total fatigue."

"Never experienced anything like it in my life," Howe said. He said his condition failed to improve over the course of several days, prompting his wife to call an ambulance to take him to the hospital.

"I'm starting to feel a little bit better I think," Howe said in the Thursday interview, though noted his sense of taste is still gone.

Howe broke into Major League Baseball in 1974 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1976, he joined the Houston Astros, where he would spend seven seasons. He played briefly for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1984 and 1985.

Art Howe during a 2002 game between the A's and Angels.

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He entered the MLB manager ranks in 1989 with the Astros. He led Houston for five seasons. In 1996, he joined the Oakland Athletics, and was their manager for the beginning of the "Moneyball" era under Billy Beane. After seven seasons and three playoff appearances, Howe joined the New York Mets for two seasons in 2003.

All told, he posted 1,129 wins over 14 seasons as manager.


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