NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Art Howe is ready to manage again, more than eight years since his dismissal from the Mets.
The former big-league skipper, best known for his time in Oakland in New York, specifically has his sights set on Toronto. And right on cue, the AL East managerial hopeful took a jab at the aging Bronx Bombers.
“The New York Yankees are a little long in the tooth, with 13 free agents,” Howe told the Toronto Sun. “Toronto plays in the toughest division in baseball, but they are only a few pieces away from doing something.”
The Yankees will only get older next season with mainstays Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez another year closer to 40. Mariano Rivera, who is expected to re-sign with the club, will turn 43 this month.
Howe was hired by the Mets before the 2003 season following his success with the early Moneyball-era A’s. He was fired after two disappointing years in New York, where he went just 137-186.
“I want to manage again, the best thing I have going for me is my experience — seven years in the NL, seven in the AL,” said Howe, who began his managerial career in Houston. “Toronto has always been an interesting team, they have some nice talent and were very competitive until they fell off with those injuries to their position players.”
The Blue Jays traded manager John Farrell to the Boston Red Sox after the team’s fourth-place finish (73-89) in 2012.
Moviegoers would know Howe as the A’s manager depicted in “Moneyball.” He insisted upon the flick’s release in 2011 — and still does — that the surly character played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman had no roots in reality.
“Physically the actor didn’t resemble me,” Howe told the Sun. “He was a little on the heavy side. The way he portrayed me was very disappointing, probably 180 degrees from what I really am.”
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