Steve Howe died at age48. 1980 NL Rookie ofthe Year.
Howe was 47-41 with 91 saves and a 3.03 ERA with the Dodgers, Twins, Rangers and Yankees. His final season in the majors was 1996, and the Yankees released him in June.
Two days after the Yankees let him go in 1996, Howe was arrested at a Delta Airlines terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when a loaded .357 Magnum was detected inside his suitcase.
He was suspended seven times for cocaine use.
In recent years, he owned an energy drink company in Arizona.
“I wish more people knew Steve Howe the way I knew him,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “His struggles in life were well documented, but he always tried to fight through them and I will always respect that.”
Howe was killed at 5:55 a.m. PDT about 130 miles east of Los Angeles, said Dalyn Backes of the Riverside County coroner’s office. He had been in Arizona on business and was driving back home to Valencia, Calif., business partner Judy Welp said.
Toxicology tests had not yet been performed.
My regards to his family, a troubled soul but only did himself and his family harm with his addictions.