Report: Alou out as Giants manager

Oct 2, 2006 - 6:51 PM SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) - Felipe Alou apparently will not get a fifth season as manager of the San Francisco Giants.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that the 71-year-old Alou will not return next season.

According to the report, the announcement is expected to be made Monday by general manager Brian Sabean and may be a mutual parting of ways. Alou had said last week he was unsure if he wanted to return.

"There are no hard feelings. Everything is cool," Alou told the Chronicle before Sunday's season-ending 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With a veteran roster that includes his son, Moises, Felipe Alou guided the Giants to a 76-85 record and a third-place finish in the National League West this season. San Francisco stumbled down the stretch, losing 11 of its last 13 games.

The Giants went 342-304 in Alou's four seasons. The wins rank sixth in San Francisco history.

Alou replaced Dusty Baker after the Giants reached the World Series in 2002. He guided the team to 100 wins and the NL West title in 2003, the last time the club reached the postseason.

In 2004, the Giants were knocked out of playoff contention on the final day of the regular season. They have posted consecutive losing campaigns for the first time since 1995-96.

Alou lost some of his popularity with fans in 2005 when he referred to KNBR Radio talk show host Larry Krueger as "satan" after Krueger's rant about "brain-dead Caribbean" hitters who play for the Giants.

The newspaper also reported that the Giants are expected to conduct a thorough search for a new manager. In 2002, Alou was the only candidate interviewed.

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