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Ken Howell #48

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Full Name:
Ken Howell
Uniform #:
48

COACHING CAREER
Howell is in his second season as assistant pitching coach, his 13th season as a coach and 20th overall in the Dodger organization… in his role as assistant pitching coach, Howell will assist pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and bullpen coach Chuck Crim with their duties while also working with both the Dodger minor league affiliates and pitchers on rehab assignments…Howell was the Dodgers' bullpen coach from 2008-12 and in that time the club's relievers owned a 3.49 ERA, which was the third-best in the NL… in his four seasons as bullpen coach, the Dodgers led the National League with both a .234 opponents' batting average and 137 wins while ranking fourth on the circuit with 2,303 strikeouts… guided a bullpen in 2010 that boasted two All-Stars, (Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo); the Dodgers were the only big league team with two All-Star relievers…it was also the first time in franchise history that the Dodgers had two All-Star relievers in the same season… oversaw a bullpen in 2009 that led the Majors with a 3.12 ERA, finishing well ahead of the second-ranked Oakland A's (3.46)...spent 2006 and 2007 as the pitching coach for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s and was a coach for the PCL All-Star Team in 2007…prior to his stint in Las Vegas, spent one season (2005) as the pitching coach for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns, who won the Southern League championship…spent the previous three seasons in the same post for the Class A Vero Beach Dodgers…has international coaching experience and was part of a delegation of Dodger coaches who traveled to Osaka, Japan, in 2003, working with the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Japan's Pacific League…took part in two fall training camps (2002-03) when the Buffaloes trained in Vero Beach, FL...was asked to help select pitchers for Taiwan's 2004 Olympic baseball team and worked with the Dodgers' sister team in Taiwan, the Sinon Bulls. 

PLAYING CAREER
Was a third-round pick by the Dodgers in the June 1982 draft…pitched in seven Major League seasons, including five with Los Angeles (1984-88) and two with Philadelphia…appeared in 235 games as a big leaguer, going 38-48 with a 3.95 ERA…registered 31 saves and 549 strikeouts…one of the hardest throwers in baseball, he once struck out 14 consecutive batters in the Dominican Winter League while pitching for Licey…was sent from the Dodgers to the Orioles in the deal in which the Dodgers acquired Eddie Murray on Dec. 4, 1988…was traded to the Phillies four days later.

PERSONAL
Kenneth Howell Jr., he and his wife Denise have one son, Kenneth III…the couple in January celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary…attended Tuskegee University...in 2008, was required to miss several weeks due to complications with Diabetes, that caused the amputation of one of his toes...has worked toward educating others about the disease since learning of his diagnosis…enjoys golf, giving pitching lessons and fantasy football.

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