TROIS-RIVIERES, QC - A prominent baseball figure in Québec can be currently found in “La belle province.” Former Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou was in Trois-Rivières as the guest speaker at the annual Baseball Québec Coaches Conference. Baseball Canada contributed to Alou’s appearance by financially supporting Baseball Québec.
The first Major League manager to hail from the Dominican Republic discussed the pertinence to favour player development and player success.
Over 285 coaches from all over Québec came to the Alphonse Desjardins Sports Complex in Trois-Rivières to hear Felipe Alou preach on baseball. Alou also praised the Baseball Québec programs and their coaches.
“Theses coaches are well versed in the game of baseball,” says a passionate Alou. “No matter at what level you find yourself, the game is basically the same.”
Alou is still with the San Francisco Giants organization, entering his third year as Assistant General Manager with the club.
The greatest manager in Montreal Expos history in terms of wins has wonderful memories of his time in Montreal to go along with a couple of sour ones.
“My promotion as manager of the Expos and being named the All-Star team manager in 1995 are certainly some of my fondest memories as a Major League manager,” confirms Alou.
“I have to admit that I was particularly honoured when baseball awarded me the Manager of the Year in 1994. But that year also represents the most disappointing moment of my career, obviously because of the strike that shut down the season when we had the best team in baseball. It still breaks my heart to this day, as I’m sure it does for most fans in Québec and in Canada.”
Felipe Alou will be at the helm for the Dominican Republic at the upcoming World Baseball Classic in March. The Dominicans will play the first round in Puerto Rico.