Thursday, October 30, 2014

#311 Jay Howell

About the Front: Good Lord! Where did Jay Howell's right arm go?

About the Back: Looking at those palm trees reminds me that we're in for a long winter. I miss baseball already.

Triple Play: 

1. Howell was an All-Star in 1985, 1987, and 1989. How he made the team in 1987, when he had a 4.86 ERA at the break, is beyond me.

2. In Game Three of the 1988 NLCS against the Mets, he was ejected for having pine tar on his glove and suspended for three days.

3. Jay was an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge from 1998 through 2005, leading the team to two Big Sky Conference championships.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I always thought that his middle name (Canfield) was quite unusual. I assume it was a family name.

Bill James Said: "Removed from the closer role there was less pressure to get him in the game when he wasn't 100%, and he pitched more games and innings than he had since 1989." Howell allowed 48 hits in 58 innings for the Braves in 1993, with a 2.31 ERA.

On This Date in 1993: October 30. Let's go with that day's Calvin and Hobbes strip!


  1. If Howell coached at CSUN, he was an assistant coach. The head coaches during that time period were Mike Batesole and Steve Rousey.

  2. Thanks, Jeff. I'll clarify that tidbit.