I played for Coach Howard at Brighton HS and he is a good man. He made sure we
were getting good grades and was a patient teacher of the game.
Interesting story. It must be pointed out, unfortunately, that this is business
like everywhere else in the good old USA. The State of Utah eliminated health
benefits for retirees while our Senate and House voted to retain their own
lifetime health benefit for serving in a part time position. MLB is not exempt
from the disparity of power.
While I'm a Doug Howard fan and loved watching him at BYU, he has done
better than the vast majority of baseball players. Take for example, Roger
Reid, who was a great athlete but couldn't get beyond AAA. I don't
know that I've seen anyone work harder. So, Howard may have fell short of
bigger money, but he did walk away from the game. I don't thing baseball
really owes him anything. He had a great experience, more than most get.
I got to know him personally when he was with the 74 Salt Lake Angels. A very
nice man and a very gifted and knowledgeable ball player who helped others.
Doug Howard was not only an outstanding baseball player but was a superb
basketball player for the Cougars as well. He was a BYU All-American in
baseball.I had a great respect for Doug as a player and as a person.
I wish him well and join those who believe that his efforts deserved greater
recognition.LCDoug introduced me to the student body
when I ran for VP of Athletics at BYU many years ago.