The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly discovered their subsequent supervisor, and it’s 42-year-old Gabe Kapler. A number of retailers, together with ESPN and the Philadelphia Inquirer, are reporting that an announcement can be made this week after FanRagSports’ Jon Heyman recognized Kapler as Pete Mackanin’s possible alternative on Sunday.
Kapler, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ director of participant growth, performed 12 years within the main leagues. His solely managerial expertise got here in 2007, when he led the Greenville Drive, the Clbad A affiliate of the Pink Sox, to a 58-81 report. Kapler resumed his taking part in profession the next yr and performed three extra seasons earlier than retiring for good in 2011.
The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb studies that the Phillies interviewed about 10 candidates for the place after baderting in September that Mackanin would be moved to the entrance workplace subsequent season. Kapler was one in every of three finalists together with former Pink Sox supervisor John Farrell and Dusty Wathan, who has managed in Phillies’ minor league system since 2008. Kapler labored in participant growth for the Tampa Bay Rays and as a TV badyst for Fox Sports activities earlier than becoming a member of the Dodgers’ group earlier than the 2015 season. He was a finalist to exchange Don Mattingly because the Dodgers’ supervisor after the 2015 season.
“He’s extremely vivid, he’s an incredible chief of individuals, and he’s an distinctive communicator,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman stated upon hiring Kapler because the group’s farm director. “It’s so laborious for gamers, who’re so mired in it, to generally see the larger image and even take a look at it from a distinct perspective. Gabe is extremely expert at seeing issues at totally different views.”
Kapler is a proponent of superior badytics who has tried to teach gamers about extra necessary statistics than the standard ones, together with batting common and RBI, discovered on the backs of baseball playing cards. Kapler will develop into at the least the third new supervisor within the Nationwide League East subsequent season. The Nationals formally introduced Dave Martinez as their alternative for Dusty Baker on Monday and the Mets employed former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway to exchange Terry Collins earlier this month.
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