Former MLB manager Art Howe released from hospital as he recovers from coronavirus

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Former MLB manager Art Howe was released from a hospital in Houston on Sunday as he recovers from the coronavirus. Howe, 73, was placed in intensive care because of COVID-19 last week.

"Relief, back in my own bedroom, it's just sweet," Howe told the Associated Press following his release. "It was a long five days or so. I'm finally feeling a little bit better. Still not able to eat real good, taste buds are giving me a hard time. It's just nice to be back home and hopefully continue to progress."

Howe told Houston TV station KPRC that he would be released after he went without registering a fever for at least 24 hours. According to Howe, he suffered chills starting on May 3 and then extreme fatigue and a loss of his sense of taste. "Never experienced anything like it before," he said. Howe added he will have to be isolated at his home for another week to two weeks.

Howe managed 14 seasons in the majors, starting with the Astros in 1989. He managed the Moneyball-era A's for seven seasons and led them to the postseason on three occasions. Across the 2001 and 2002 seasons, he guided Oakland to a total of 205 regular season wins. 

Most recently, he managed the Mets in 2003 and 2004, losing more than 90 games in each season. Overall, Howe was 1,129-1,137 as an MLB manager with two division titles. Prior to becoming a manager, he spent parts of 11 seasons as a big-league infielder for the Pirates, Astros, and Cardinals. 

Howe's battle with the illness comes as MLB and the Players Association are trying to agree to a structure for the 2020 regular season, which has been put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both sides are hoping to agree to a plan that will allow the season to begin in early July.

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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