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Steve Howe, 1958-2006 (updated)
2006-04-28 20:52
by Bob Timmermann

Former major league pitcher Steve Howe died in a motor vehicle accident in Coachella, California at age 48. Not much detail in the linked story.. The AP has a fairly long story now.

The career record of Steve Howe does not begin to tell even a small fraction of what was going in his much troubled life.

Thanks to Gold Star for Robot Boy for the pointer.

Rob Neyer wrote an ESPN Insider piece about Howe. I'd like to excerpt this small part at the end.

"Some will say that Steve Howe was destined to die early, because of the way he lived. But the world's not nearly that easy to figure out. Sometimes the good die young, and the bad live forever. And the rest of us, somewhere in the middle, simply go when our luck runs out."

I know that may sound simplistic to some, but it's so true. I've given up trying to figure out how and when people die. We just do.

L.A. Times obit.

2006-04-28 16:09:26
1.   Ken Arneson
This is one sad, sad story.
2006-04-28 16:22:00
2.   Bob Timmermann
One of Howe's sons, Brian, was in the news last December after being arrested in Valencia on a drug charge. I wonder what Steve Howe was doing driving around Coachella around 6 am?
2006-04-28 16:41:43
3.   Mark
Likely arriving in town for the Coachella music/drug festival, taking place this weekend.
2006-04-28 16:57:36
4.   underdog
One of the best relievers (in a short period) I remember seeing on the Dodgers as a youngster, certainly the best lefty reliever I remember them having... Sad story indeed.
2006-04-28 17:43:22
5.   Daniel Zappala
Great, talented pitcher, sadly messed up with drugs. I'm sorry to see him die young and leave behind his family.
2006-04-28 21:30:09
6.   Cliff Corcoran
Despite his struggles with drugs and the law, Howe was one of the few bright spots on those dreadful Yankee teams of the early '90s. Indeed, amid the Tim Learies, Jeff Johnsons and Greg Cadarets, Howe was a revelation.
2006-04-28 22:34:49
7.   Jon Weisman
Good article by Neyer.

I had never actually made (or perhaps I long forgot) the connection between Howe's absence and Niedenfuer. I really associate Howe with an earlier period. I do remember him carrying a 0.00 ERA into May one year.

2006-05-02 11:18:48
8.   randy castle
i knew steve howe!lets not remember the bad he let happen to him.lets remember the good he made happen.he fought more demons than most of us could imangine!he coached my son for 4 years in lake havasu city az he rebuilt our high school baseball field almost singlehanded we will miss you steve r.i.p.

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