Kelly quits as manager for Panama in WBC

2/23/2006 - MLB

PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Roberto Kelly has quit as manager of
Panama's team in the World Baseball Classic, complaining he didn't
get enough support from local baseball officials.

"I can't work with the federation in the way it's being run,"
Kelly said in a local radio interview this week. He was with the
San Francisco Giants spring training camp in Arizona, where he is an

"If they don't give us the backing we deserve as manager, we
don't have any reason to be in charge of the team," Kelly said.

He complained that local officials held some players back from
the Classic so they would play in the Panamanian championships and
alleged that he had been the target of racist comments.

He was replaced by Anibal Reluz, a veteran of the local league.

Federation president Franz Weaver acknowledged some players had
stayed with their teams, but said he did not think that was the
reason for Kelly's resignation.