Attorneys for a group that tried unsuccessfully to bring a minor league team to Dayton, Ohio, asked a federal judge yesterday to allow them to question former Reds owner Marge Schott about her racial opinions.

In a motion filed in U.S. District Court, Baseball at Trotwood Inc. said there is evidence Schott made decisions regarding the Dayton baseball project and that her racial views are relevant because Baseball at Trotwood's majority owner is former boxing promoter and Washington resident Rock Newman, who is black.

Schott's attorney, Stephen Bailey, said he had not seen the court filing and declined to comment.

Schott is scheduled to be questioned privately later this month by attorneys for Baseball at Trotwood. On Sept. 10, Schott asked Judge Walter Rice for a protective order to bar any inquiry into her religious beliefs or practices, ethnic background or opinions on racial relations and discrimination.

ROCKIES NAME O'DOWD: Vowing to put a championship team on the field every season, Dan O'Dowd was introduced as Rockies GM. O'Dowd, 41, was assistant GM of the Indians from 1993 to 1998 but was out of baseball this season as he pursued a goal of becoming a general manager. Previously, O'Dowd was the Indians' director of player development.

O'Dowd, who signed a five-year contract, replaces Bob Gebhard, who resigned under pressure on Aug. 20.

DUCEY DEAL: The Phillies agreed to terms with OF Rob Ducey, 34, on a two-year contract extension worth $1 million, plus performance bonuses.