Ex-manager Howe takes offense at 'Moneyball'
SEATTLE -- The movie "Moneyball" is getting sterling reviews, but don't count former A's manager Art Howe among those giving a thumbs up.
Howe blasted the portrayal of him in the film, which stars Brad Pitt as A's general manager Billy Beane and chronicles Beane's outside-the-box baseball thinking that spawned the "Moneyball" book based on the 2002 A's.
Howe saw the movie over the weekend and was extremely displeased with how his character -- played by Philip Seymour Hoffman -- was portrayed as being overly aggressive and combative with Beane.
"I'm very disappointed, very disappointed," Howe said by phone Monday from his Texas home. "I look at it as character assassination."
"Moneyball," released Friday, debuted at No. 2 at the box office in its opening weekend and is drawing lots of praise from movie critics.
But one of the most criticized aspects of the film is the portrayal of Howe, generally regarded as a mild-mannered individual who was easy to get along with during his tenure managing the A's from 1996-2002.
Howe is set up as a sort of villain in the movie, as he's shown pressing Beane about a new contract in one scene and clashing with Beane throughout the movie over who should play first base, Carlos Pena or Scott Hatteberg.
"It wasn't even close to my personality," Howe said. "They just went out of their way to degrade
In an interview with SiriusXM radio, Howe also said he was never consulted for his viewpoints in the making of the movie.
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-- JOE STIGLICH