A tough week for Southern California continues. Former Los Angeles Dodger Ken Howell passed away last night. He was 57 years of age.
Howell was selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 1982 MLB draft. From 1984 to 1988, he spent parts of those seasons with the big league club. Howell logged 31 saves in a Dodgers uniform – you can see his career stats at baseball-reference here.
Howell was also influential in his role as a Dodgers coach for many years. Moreover, in 2008 he was promoted to be the Major league bullpen coach. He held this role until 2013. Due to this, he was influential in developing a number of the members of the Dodgers pitching staff that you remember so fondly.
Social Media Reactions To Ken Howell Passing
A young Ken Howell seen warming up in the '85 playoffs. Rest in peace. Thinking of his loved ones, and his extended family in baseball. pic.twitter.com/k9ZJr0r88K
— Yakyu Night Owl (@YakyuNightOwl) November 10, 2018
It has been a very tough week -shootings, fires and today the passing of a dear friend, former @Dodgers reliever + coach, Kenny Howell. When we decided to turn a minor league catcher named @kenleyjansen74 into a pitcher, Kenny player a major role. He ?Dodgers; it was reciprocal. pic.twitter.com/HRR8WQM5GG
— Ned Colletti (@realnedcolletti) November 10, 2018
@HistDodgertown sends condolences to the family of former Dodger pitcher #KenHowell, who passed away yesterday at the age of 57. He was drafted by the Dodgers in 1982, pitched seven seasons with the big club, coached the 2002 Vero Beach Dodgers before coaching in the majors. pic.twitter.com/sYnBrcpwBM
— Jackie Robinson Training Complex (@HistDodgertown) November 10, 2018
Howell struggled with complications of diabetes for many years. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family at this time. Rest in Peace, Ken.
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