PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The jersey had already been thrown round Gabe Kapler’s shoulders. The hat, nevertheless, was nonetheless sitting on the desk. And the brand new supervisor of the Philadelphia Phillies could not wait to throw it on his head.

“Give me that ‘P’ and put this thing on,” the 42-year-old mentioned as he tugged on the brim throughout his introductory press convention on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. “Feels so good.”

Kapler — who served the previous three seasons as director of participant improvement for the Los Angeles Dodgers — met with reporters in Philadelphia on Thursday after being named supervisor on Monday.

Kapler replaces Pete Mackanin, who was fired and badigned to a entrance workplace function on the conclusion of the 2017 season. It might be Kapler’s first time managing in MLB after enjoying 12 years and one season as supervisor of the Single-A Greenville Drive in Boston’s minor league system.

“Gabe Kapler is incredibly prepared,” Phillies normal supervisor Matt Klentak mentioned. “That came through in the interview process. It came through as we talked to people throughout the industry that either played with him or worked with him, players who had played for him. If he brings the same level of preparation and grit to the Phillies that he brought to the field as a player, our fans are going to love this guy.”

The Phillies are hoping that Kapler’s power – together with a number of badytical philosophies – might be sufficient to get the staff again to the playoffs for the primary time in seven seasons. Philadelphia has misplaced at the very least 90 video games every of the previous three seasons.

“One of the things that we’ve talked about is we don’t actually build the baseball players, we build the environments for the baseball players to flourish and develop,” Kapler mentioned. “And if we build a really healthy environment for them to come to the ballpark in every single day, they’re going to be the strongest versions of themselves and then we’re going to carry that strength out on the field and perform.”

The transfer is a part of Philadelphia’s general shift from a scout based mostly system that helped carry them to 5 straight division titles, two NL pennants and the 2008 World Series title.

“I would advise we look at the teams that just finished competing in the World Series,” Klentak mentioned. “Look at the teams that competed in last year’s World Series. These are among the most progressive organizations in baseball. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that those are the four teams that have played in the World Series the last two years. That’s where the Phillies need to head and Gabe Kapler is going to be a huge badet to us as we try to progress to the future.”

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