Former Dodgers reliever Howell dies at 57
Former Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Ken Howell died Friday in West Bloomfield, Mich. He was 57.
No immediate cause of death was revealed. Howell was known to have diabetes, an ailment that caused him to leave his role as Dodgers assistant pitching coach in 2015.
Howell, a right-hander, spent five big league seasons with the Dodgers (1984-88) and two with the Philadelphia Phillies (1989-90). He was 38-48 with a 3.95 ERA in 245 career appearances (54 starts).
Howell was dealt to the Baltimore Orioles following the 1988 season in the trade in which the Dodgers landed future Hall of Fame member Eddie Murray. Four days later, the Orioles traded him to Philadelphia.
Howell rejoined the Dodgers' organization in 2003 as a minor league pitching coach and he became the major league bullpen coach in 2008. He spent five seasons in that role before becoming the assistant pitching coach.
Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen was one of the pitchers to benefit from Howell's tutelage. Jansen tweeted about Howell on Saturday.
"Kenny Howell. What a great mentor, a great man who guided me through my career and helped me be the person I am right now." Jansen began. "I think about all the work he did with me pitching in the big leagues. I had to learn quick. He was there. I saw him for breakfast in Detroit last year.
"He was going through a lot w/his health & still was the same man of joy. This is a big loss for me, for @Dodgers & for baseball. My thoughts are with his family. I share my condolences with them and all those Kenny Howell affected positively. I know there are many of us."
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