Phillies will reportedly hire Gabe Kapler as their next manager
The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly found their next manager, and it’s 42-year-old Gabe Kapler. Multiple outlets, including ESPN and the Philadelphia Inquirer, are reporting that an announcement will be made this week after FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman identified Kapler as Pete Mackanin’s likely replacement Sunday.
Kapler, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ director of player development, played 12 years in the major leagues. His only managerial experience came in 2007, when he led the Greenville Drive, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, to a 58-81 record. Kapler resumed his playing career the following year and played three more seasons before retiring for good in 2011.
The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb reports that the Phillies interviewed about 10 candidatesfor the position after announcing in September that Mackanin would be moved to the front office next season. Kapler was one of three finalists, joining former Red Sox manager John Farrell and Dusty Wathan, who has managed in Phillies’ minor league system since 2008. Kapler worked in player development for the Tampa Bay Rays and as a TV analyst for Fox Sports before joining the Dodgers’ organization before the 2015 season. He was a finalist to replace Don Mattingly as the Dodgers’ manager after the 2015 season.
“He’s incredibly bright, he’s a tremendous leader of people, and he’s an exceptional communicator,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman saidupon hiring Kapler as the team’s farm director. “It’s so hard for players, who are so mired in it, to sometimes see the bigger picture or even look at it from a different perspective. Gabe is incredibly skilled at seeing things at different perspectives.”
Kapler is a proponent of advanced analytics who has attempted to educate playersabout more important statistics than the traditional ones, including batting average and RBI, found on the backs of baseball cards. Kapler will become at least the third new manager in the National League’s East Division next season. The Washington Nationals formally announced Dave Martinez as their replacement for Dusty Baker on Monday, and the New York Mets hired former Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway to replace Terry Collins earlier this month.
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