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Art Howe in ICU with COVID-19

Former major leaguer and Rangers bench coach Art Howe has been hospitalized with COVID-19

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Art Howe, former major league player and manager and two-time Texas Rangers coach, has been hospitalized and is in ICU with COVID-19, per KHOU in Houston. Howe reportedly tested positive on Tuesday.

Howe, 73, played in the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals for 11 seasons, and managed the Astros, the Oakland A’s, and the New York Mets at various times. Howe’s tenure in Oakland was portrayed in a negative light by Michael Lewis in his book “Moneyball,” and he was the subject of an unflattering portrayal by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the movie.

Howe spent the 1986-88 seasons with the Texas Rangers as a coach for manager Bobby Valentine, leaving to become the manager for the Astros after the 1988 season. Howe also spent 2007-08 seasons as the bench coach for the Rangers, where he was reunited with manager Ron Washington — Washington and Howe were coaches together with Oakland.

Art Howe is a highly respected and very well liked figure in baseball, and he’s got a lot of folks pulling for him right now.