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Updated: October 14, 9:44 AM ET
Alou says he hasn't received any recent offers

Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Former Montreal Expos manager Felipe Alou said he hasn't received any recent offers to guide a major league team and fears there will be few opportunities for Latinos and blacks as managers in the near future.

"That's the new trend, to have white and young managers," Alou told reporters in his Caribbean homeland Saturday. "Blacks and Latinos won't have many opportunities from now on."

"I'm not referring to racism, because we've already overcome that, but in the major leagues the trends are cyclical. They come and go," Alou said.

He didn't specify what he believed to be the cause. Four big league teams are looking to hire managers -- the New York Mets, the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee and Tampa Bay.

Since the season ended, Alan Trammell took over for the fired Luis Pujols in Detroit and Buck Showalter replaced Jerry Narron in Texas.

Rich Levin, spokesman for commissioner Bud Selig, said baseball had made significant strides to improve the chances of minorities being hired as managers.

"The commissioner has sent the guidelines to all of the clubs. They are required to interview minority candidates," he said.

"At the end of last season, there were 10 minority managers in the majors. The percentage of minority managers in the minors was well over 30 percent," he said. "Minority managers are definitely in the pipeline."

Alou spoke to reporters at a team picnic for the Escogido Lions, a Dominican team for which he works as vice president and general manager during the Caribbean country's winter league.

Alou, 66, served as the Expos' manager from 1992 to 2000, and was NL Manager of the Year in 1994.

Now under a three-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, Alou worked this season as a bench coach and is to be an assistant to the club president in the following two seasons.

"I'm going to enter a new stage of my career. I will be in the office of Detroit for the next two years, but in my contract it says that if any team wants to interview me for the job of manager, the Tigers should give me permission," Alou said.

He said no teams had asked to interview him so far.

At the end of last year, Alou rejected a one-year offer to manage the Red Sox, saying it was too short and that there was no guarantee he could stay on because Boston was in the process of being sold.

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