Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2002

Alou hired as Giants manager

SAN FRANCISCO -- To handle their veteran team, the San Francisco Giants turned to an old pro: Felipe Alou.

The 67-year-old Alou became the oldest manager to take over a club since Casey Stengel four decades ago. Not that Alou was worrying about his age after the National League champions hired him Wednesday to replace Dusty Baker.

''I'm a soldier of this game,'' said Alou, who played for San Francisco in the 1950s and '60s. ''The matter of energy and enthusiasm, somebody else is going to have to evaluate that.''

Stengel was 71 when the New York Mets lured him out of retirement in October 1961 to manage them the next year in their first season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau and the Hall of Fame.

It's been a good week for older coaches. On Tuesday, the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies hired Hubie Brown, 69.

Alou, the former Montreal manager and a bench coach for Detroit last season, was excited to return to the Giants. He inherits a team led by five-time MVP Barry Bonds.

''I'm going back home to where I started and, hopefully, I'm going to end it right there,'' he said.

Alou agreed to a three-year contract and becomes the oldest manager in the major leagues. He was 691-717 in 10 seasons managing the Expos.

Hinske, Jennings head all-rookie team

NEW YORK -- Colorado right-hander Jason Jennings and Toronto third baseman Eric Hinske won more honors Wednesday when they were picked for the major league rookie all-star team.

Jennings, 16-8 with a 4.52 ERA, won the NL Rookie of the Year award earlier this month. Hinske, who hit .279 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs, was the AL winner.

New York Yankees first baseman Nick Johnson (.243, 15 homers, 58 RBIs), Oakland second baseman Mark Ellis (.272, 6, 35), Detroit shortstop Ramon Santiago (.243, 4, 20) and Baltimore catcher Geronimo Gil (.232, 12, 45) also were selected. The outfielders were Cincinnati's Austin Kearns (.315, 13, 56), Montreal's Brad Wilkerson (.266, 20, 59) and Milwaukee's Alex Sanchez (.289, 1, 33).

Damian Moss of Atlanta (12-6, 3.42) was the left-handed pitcher.

Gil, Hinske, Kearns and Santiago were unanimous picks in the voting by major league managers.

The team was announced by The Topps Co., which has organized the voting since 1959.

Judge denies motion to dismiss Expos suit

MIAMI -- A federal judge turned down Bud Selig's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former limited partners of the Montreal Expos, who have accused the baseball commissioner of racketeering in his attempt to eliminate the team.

Selig's lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro-Benages to toss out the suit, arguing it was improperly filed in Florida and should have been filed in New York.

The judge cited a March 2000 meeting in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., that involved Jeffrey Loria, who earlier this year sold the Expos to the other 29 major league teams and bought the Florida Marlins.

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