From the AP tonight:
Steve Howe, the relief pitcher whose promising career was derailed by cocaine and alcohol abuse, died Friday when his pickup truck rolled over in Coachella, Calif. He was 48.
Howe was killed at 5:55 a.m. PDT, said Dalyn Backes of the Riverside County coroner’s office. The accident occurred about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.
Howe will likely forever be the whipping boy of anyone bounced from the game looking for a second chance. We’ve heard it before – “Why can’t I get a second chance? Steve Howe was suspended seven times and was allowed to keep coming back!”
Regardless of your position on that issue, as a Yankees fan, there’s something else to remember about Howe. He was a New York Yankee. In fact, while many think of him as being a member of the Dodgers, consider this: Howe pitched in 231 games for Los Angeles and in 229 for New York. So, what, those two extra games make him more of a Dodger than a Yankee?
Some might like to say that, if you looked up the word “schlimazzel” in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Steve Howe.
But, all things considered, Howe did a fairly good job on the mound for the Yankees. I just hope that some people can realize that when they look back at his life now.