Manager plans to return for 2006

Updated: February 24, 2005, 11:33 AM ET
Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Manager Felipe Alou thinks he'll probably be back with the San Francisco Giants for a fourth season in 2006.

His contract ends after this season and Alou turns 70 in May, but he has shown he still has enough energy to lead the Giants for 162 games. He also wants to manage his son, Moises, for another season.

Alou said Wednesday that he's not worried about when the sides work something out.

Felipe Alou
Felipe Alou expects to be back with the Giants in 2006.
"I have a good working relationship with the front office," said Alou, who has won 191 games in his first two seasons as Giants skipper. "There are no rough edges here. I believe if the team asked me to come back, I would come back. And if I asked the team to come back, they'd probably let me come back. But we're not there yet.

"I have on my side an advantage of age and experience and no worries about anything, and the club knows that."

During spring training last year, Alou had his contract extended through 2005. Another extension could get done before opening day.

"It really is up to him," general manager Brian Sabean said Wednesday. "The timing is up to him to let us know when he's interested in doing it. Right now it's not on the front burner."

Now, Moises Alou is San Francisco's starting right fielder, and both men have been looking forward to this reunion. They also were together from 1992-96 in Montreal.

Moises Alou signed a contract in December that includes a player option for 2006. After his first workout Wednesday -- which included taking batting practice against ace Jason Schmidt -- he said he hopes this is the last stop of his career.

Father and son might just go out together.

"I always said when I left Montreal that I wanted to end up playing for my dad," Moises said. "My dad is the best. He deserves to win a World Series."

Said Felipe: "I've got to thank God for this reunion at the end of our careers here."

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press