One of the hardest throwers in baseball, Howell once struck out 14 consecutive batters
in winter ball. He enjoyed uncharacteristically good control when he came up in 1984,
but reverted to form in subsequent years. He was traded from the Dodgers to the Orioles
in the Eddie Murray deal December 4, 1988, then was dealt to the Phillies in a package
for Phil Bradley four days later. Made a starter, he went 12-12 with a 3.44 ERA for
last-place Philadelphia and was the ace of their rotation.