Drugs, suspensions interrupted promising career
At one time Steve Howe was one of baseball's best relievers. But we'll never know how good the oft-suspended pitcher could have been.
We'll never know, really. In 1979, Howe's first professional season, he posted a 3.13 ERA in the hitter-friendly Texas League. In Howe's second professional season, he posted a 2.66 ERA for the Dodgers and was named National League Rookie of the Year. He pitched even better in his third year (1981), and then again in his fourth.