A three-time all star, Howell pitched for 15 years in the majors, starting with the Cincinnati Reds in 1980 and finishing with the Texas Rangers in 1994. In between those years he was one of the best relief pitchers in baseball. After a stop with the Chicago Cubs in 1981 and three years with the New York Yankees, Howell joined the Oakland A’s in 1985 and had what was arguably the best year of his career. He won nine games and saved a career-high 29 more for Oakland that season, earning his first all-star trip in the process. Howell represented Oakland in the Midsummer Classic again in 1987 but was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers after the season. He saved 21 games for the Dodgers in 1988, then made his third all-star game in 1989. The Dodgers released Howell in 1993 and he caught on with the Atlanta Braves for a year before concluding his career in Texas.
Howell was a member of the Dodgers’ team that beat the Oakland A’s in the 1988 World Series. He pitched in two games of the series and had a save in Game 4 after taking the loss in Game 3. Howell was ejected from Game 3 of that year’s NLCS for having pine tar in his glove. He was forced to serve a two-game suspension in the playoffs for the infraction.
Jay Howell – career stats