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Friday, March 21
Updated: March 26, 11:21 AM ET
 
Howe Will He Do?

Art Howe
Art Howe is entering his 13th year as a manager.


It's a pressure-cooker that has swallowed up many a manager. But if you win in New York, you can be the toast of the town. Bob Klapisch checks in on Art Howe as he enters his first season as the Mets' manager.

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