Giants name Felipe Alou special assistant to GM

SAN FRANCISCO (TICKER) —Felipe Alou is back with the San Francisco Giants.

More than three months after being fired as Giants manager, Alou returned to the franchise Friday as special assistant to the general manager.

In four seasons as Giants manager, Alou posted 342-304 record. He was fired on October 2.

“I am truly overjoyed to have Felipe remain with the Giants organization,” Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. “He is a man of unquestioned integrity and stature, with a wealth of baseball knowledge and expertise. As he was during his four years as our manager, Felipe will continue to be a huge asset for the ballclub going forward.”

In 13 years as a major league manager, including a NL Manager of the Year Award in 1994 with the Montreal Expos, Alou posted a 1,033-1,021 record and became just the 53rd manager since 1900 to register 1,000 wins.

The Haina, Dominican Republic native is the first manager of Latin descent to win 1,000 contests in the big leagues and only the second foreign-born skipper to reach the milestone. Englishman Harry Wright is the other.

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Updated Friday, Jan 5, 2007