Art Howe, a former MLB player who managed the Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics and New York Mets, is hospitalized in an intensive care unit due to the coronavirus, according to Houston’s KPRC 2.
Howe reportedly confirmed the diagnosis himself to the outlet.
The 73-year-old Howe said he first felt symptoms on May 3, then was tested and told he had the virus two days later. His symptoms reportedly worsened this week and he was hospitalized on Tuesday.
Howe is reportedly still receiving treatment and needs to go 24 hours without a fever in order to be released, calling the wait for improvement “slow.”
All of the teams Howe has managed in the past sent out statements in support of the manager.
The Astros family has former player and manager Art Howe in our thoughts tonight as we wish him a speedy recovery. We’re with you, Art!
— Houston Astros (@astros) May 15, 2020
Sending positive thoughts to our former skipper Art Howe. pic.twitter.com/Srw1Wu1MQL
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) May 15, 2020
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. Never have met a nicer man.
— Jay Horwitz (@Jay_HorwitzPR) May 15, 2020
Known by many fans for his role as manager in the 2002 Oakland Athletics of “Moneyball” fame — Philip Seymour Hoffman played him in the 2011 movie — Howe enjoyed an 11-season career as an MLB player and a 14-season career as an MLB manager.
Howe got his start as a player in 1974 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, then broke through as a versatile infielder for the Astros. The Astros also gave him his start as a manager in 1989. He stayed in Houston until his firing in 1993, later managing the A’s from 1996 to 2002 and the Mets in 2003 and 2004.
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