But, that May, he got his chance to do so again after an injury. He preferred the regular role, he told The Tennessean.
"When I came here, my role changed and it was and adjustment getting into the lineup on something other than a regular basis," Howie told The Tennessean. "When that happens, you try to make something happen immediately instead of pacing yourself."
That season marked Howie's first regular time at AAA over his nine seasons. But, no matter how he paced himself, Howie didn't make the majors that year or in his career. That season marked his final as a pro.
Howie's career began in 1984, taken by the Athletics in the third round of the draft out of Louisiana State University.
Howie started with the Athletics at short-season Medford. He hit .266 in 71 games. He then moved to single-A Madison for 1985. He hit .265 over the full season there. He went 2 for 3 in a July game.
Howie played again at Madison in 1986. He hit .309 that year and won MVP honors in the league all-star game.
He made AA Huntsville and AAA Tacoma for 1987. He played 1988 with the Indians at AA Williamsport and signed iwth the Angels for 1989 and played at AA Midland.
Howie hit .331 at Midland in 1989. He went on to play three seasons at Midland, including hitting .364 there in 1991, with 123 RBI. He hit a three-run home run in the AA All-Star Game, and won game MVP. His time at Midland later earned him a spot in the Texas League Hall of Fame.
Howie signed with the Reds for 1992 and gained some notice that spring from manager Lou Piniella. The notice, however, withered with his age, 29.
"I thought he was a young Barry Larkin until I found out he was older than Barry Larkin," Piniella told The Associated Press of Howie.
Howie spent that season at Nashville. He hit .246 in 105 games to end his career.
Howie passed away in 2007 at the age of 44.