Former MLB Manager Art Howe Leaves Hospital After Battling COVID-19

A's skipper Art Howe
A's skipper Art Howe | Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

As the country gets overwhelmed by waves of terrible news with each passing day, the baseball world brought us a rare morsel of the good stuff on Sunday night.

After reports emerged about former A's, Mets, and Astros manager Art Howe battling the coronavirus earlier this week, it was revealed that he was confined to the ICU.

Luckily, the situation has turned, and Howe revealed in a text message to the Houston Chronicle on Sunday that he's now home and resting.

Howe was made famous to the masses in the book and film "Moneyball," though the story did not accurately reflect his baseball expertise, and turned him into an anti-statistics caricature.

In real life, Howe had an excellent degree of baseball acumen, helming the A's to three consecutive playoff appearances, led by a Big 3 of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito atop his rotation. He also managed the Astros in the early '90s, and the Mets in 2003 and 2004.

Last week, Howe's symptoms left one of baseball's good guys "shaking like a leaf," but this week has seen enough of a reversal that he was returned safely to his home. Let's hope for continued progress in the coming days.