New York Yankees pitcher Steve Howe, suspended from baseball five times because of drug and alcohol problems, was arrested on cocaine charges yesterday and jailed without bond, Flathead County (Mont.) Sheriff Jim Dupont said.
Dupont said Howe, 33, was taken into custody in Kalispell without incident during the afternoon and would remain in jail pending an appearance in justice court today.
The sheriff said Howe's arrest on a charge of felony possession of cocaine was related to last weekend's drug bust outside Kalispell in which 1 kilogram -- 2.2 pounds -- of uncut cocaine was confiscated and seven people arrested on felony and misdemeanor drug charges.
Dupont would not say specifically how Howe was allegedly involved with that incident.
"I'm heartbroken. This is terrible news," commissioner Fay Vincent said.
Vincent said he did not have an immediate idea on what would happen to Howe's status with baseball.
Howe returned to the majors in 1991 after a 3 1/2 -year absence. He was 3-1 with three saves and a 1.68 ERA.
Howe has taken weekly drug tests since his reinstatement without further incident and has signed a $600,000 contract for 1992 that included incentives that could've made the deal worth $1.5 million.
* Pam Postema, a minor-league umpire for 13 years, filed a sex-discrimination lawsuit against baseball because she was never promoted to the major leagues and was fired from her minor-league job.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, was against the National and American leagues, the Triple-A Alliance and the Baseball Office of Umpire Development.
It asked for unspecified money damages and back wages and speaking engagement fees she would have earned as a major-league umpire.
Postema also is demanding a job as an umpire in the major leagues, which never have employed a female umpire.