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Bob Howry | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (44) / 8/4/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: McNeese State
Drafted: 1994 / Rd. 5 (0) / SF

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Bobby Howry has retired from baseball.
The 37-year-old officially called it quits Monday after a 13-year major league career. Howry spent time with the White Sox, Cubs, Red Sox, Indians, Diamondbacks, and Giants, and will finish up with a strong 3.84 career ERA and 1.25 career WHIP. Mon, Feb 28, 2011 03:38:00 PM

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Cubs released RHP Bob Howry.

Howry isn't so far removed from being a useful reliever, but this is the second time he's been released this year. He had allowed 19 runs -- 13 earned -- in 20 2/3 innings for the Cubs. Considering that he struck out just eight in that span, he should probably be written off for the rest of this year, if not forever.
Fri, Jul 30, 2010 05:54:00 PM

Bobby Howry gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning of relief Wednesday versus the Astros.

Howry might soon find himself released by a second team this year. He's allowed 19 runs -- 13 earned -- and struck out just eight in 20 2/3 innings since signing with the Cubs in May.
Wed, Jul 28, 2010 05:27:00 PM

Cubs signed RHP Bob Howry.

Who would have thought that Howry would ever return to the Cubs after posting a 5.35 ERA and giving up 13 homers for the team in 2008? He opened this year by allowing 17 runs and six homers in 14 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks. Still, given the alternatives, it's hard to blame the Cubs for giving him one more shot.
Fri, May 21, 2010 04:50:00 PM

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, indications are that the recently-released Bob Howry "will be in a Cubs uniform very soon."

"If it happens, it will give us some experience in the bullpen from the right side," said Cubs manager Lou Piniella. "When he was with us, he was a rock in the clubhouse and great with the young pitchers." Howry, 36, posted a 10.67 ERA over his first 14 appearances before being released by the Diamondbacks on Monday. He posted a 3.90 ERA with the Cubs from 2006-2008.
Thu, May 20, 2010 01:25:00 PM

Diamondbacks released RHP Bob Howry.

Not a great showing from the right-handed setup man in Arizona. Howry inked a one-year, $2 million contract this offseason -- and will probably get to keep all of it -- but allowed a ridiculous 17 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks this season. He packed his things Monday. Still, we'd bet that his 1.15 WHIP from last year will land him a shot elsewhere.
Mon, May 17, 2010 01:27:00 PM

According to Steve Gilbert of, right-hander Bob Howry can void the $3 million club option for 2011 in his new contract with the Diamondbacks if he's traded during the upcoming season.

Howry, 36, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Arizona before the new year. The team holds an option for 2011 at $3 million with a $250,000 buyout, but it can be voided by Howry if he is traded. Also of note, Gilbert reports that if Howry finishes 40 games in 2010 the option becomes a mutual option and the buyout will be paid if either side declines. Lastly, Arizona agreed not to offer Howry arbitration if he is a Type A free agent.
Fri, Jan 8, 2010 08:13:00 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Bob Howry to a one-year, $2 million contract with a $3 million club option for 2011.

Howry, 36, posted a 3.39 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and a 46/23 K/BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings with the Giants this year. He's just as reliable as some of the other relievers who've landed multi-year contracts this winter and should do just fine in a setup role for the Diamondbacks next season.
Mon, Dec 28, 2009 07:28:00 PM

Jon Heyman of reports that reliever Bob Howry is scheduled to undergo a physical with the Diamondbacks on Monday.

It will finalize a one-year, $3 million contract with Arizona, bringing the 36-year-old Phoenix-native home. Howry posted a 3.39 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and a 46/23 K/BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings with the Giants last season. He's beginning to trend in the wrong direction, but he shouldn't hurt the Diamondbacks too much.
Mon, Dec 28, 2009 11:17:00 AM

The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports that the Diamondbacks and Bob Howry have come to terms on a one-year deal with an option for 2011.

The contract is worth between $2 million-$3 million. Howry was guaranteed $2.75 million last season under the terms of a one-year deal with the Giants. He had a 3.39 ERA for San Francisco, but he wasn't one of the team's trusted relievers after failing to impress early on. He totaled 10 holds and just three over the final three months.
Sat, Dec 26, 2009 06:57:00 PM

Giants signed RHP Bob Howry, who had been with the Cubs, to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.

Howry can earn up to $4.25 million, but that would involve him taking over the closer's role from Brian Wilson pretty early in the season. If he makes 75 appearances, which he's done three of the last four years, he'll earn $3.25 million. It's another nice relief signing for the Giants. Howry had a 5.32 ERA last season, but he was right around 3.00 each of the previous four years and he's been extremely durable since returning from elbow surgery in 2004. He should be a fine setup man.
Wed, Dec 3, 2008 04:07:00 PM

The Giants' pursuit of Bob Howry has accelerated since the Cubs' failure to offer him arbitration on Monday.

Howry to the Giants has been talked about for weeks, and a deal could be close now. He could get the same kind of contract that Jeremy Affeldt did (two years, $8 million) and join Affeldt in a setup role in front of Brian Wilson.
Wed, Dec 3, 2008 12:56:00 PM

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the Cubs are unlikely to offer Bob Howry arbitration by Monday night's deadline.

Howry struggled in 2008, but will be an attractive relief option for many teams once signing him doesn't involve losing a draft pick.
Mon, Dec 1, 2008 09:44:00 AM

Free agent Bob Howry is open to the possibility of signing with the Giants.

Howry opened his career in the Giants organization before being traded, along with Keith Foulke, to the White Sox in a nine-player deal 11 years ago. "Howry does have some interest in returning to the Giants," agent Craig Landis said. "It may be a possibility. It is too early to tell." Howry is a Type A free agent, but it seems unlikely that the Cubs will offer him arbitration and risk having him come back at $4 million-$5 million next year.
Sat, Nov 15, 2008 03:03:00 PM

Bob Howry is expected to start getting used earlier in Cubs games.

Howry struggled this spring, and has allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings this season. Manager Lou Piniella hopes that pitching in less-pressured situations will help him get straightened out. Michael Wuertz and rookie Kevin Hart could both see time in a setup role with Carlos Marmol.
Mon, Apr 7, 2008 09:19:00 AM

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