Maybe you’ve heard of Art Howe?
He managed Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s in the Moneyball era.
Art Howe in person is not the same guy portrayed in the movie, that rolly polly, grumpy guy.
“In the movie I never smiled once,” a smiling Howe, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 185 pounds, said the other day at the Denver airport.
...Howe, 65, played 11 years in the majors, managing 14 years in the majors, first with the Astros, then the A’s and finally the New York Mets.
“I got along with players, they loved me,” Howe said. “Our guys liked being at the park, our travelling secretary, Mickey Morabito, used to ask. ‘Why are we paying for the team bus?’ Everyone came to the park early on their own, ahead of the bus.”
Art Howe wants to be the next manager of your Toronto Blue Jays.
...“I want to manage again, the best thing I have going for me is my experience — seven years in the NL, seven in the AL,” said Howe, 65. “Toronto has always been an interesting team, they have some nice talent and were very competitive until they fell off with those injuries to their position players.
“The New York Yankees are a little long in the tooth, with 13 free agents. Toronto plays in the toughest division in baseball, but they are only a few pieces away from doing something.”