The Phillies month long search for a new manager has come to an end. Gabe Kapler is the organizations choice to be their 54th manager. The official announcement is set to take place later this week after the World Series.
Gabe Kapler has been the Director of Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers since November of 2014. Kapler played 12 seasons in the MLB as an outfielder for Detroit, Texas, Colorado, Boston, Milwaukee and Tampa Bay. In his 12 seasons, Kapler had a career batting average of .268, with 82 homeruns, 386 RBI’s and 77 stolen bases. Since becoming the Dodgers’ Director of Player Development, Kapler has been known to be heavily into nutrition, analytics and sabermetrics. His only coaching experience came in the 2013 World Baseball Classic in which he was a coach for Team Israel.
Some may say that Klentak got his guy and that Kapler could be his puppet. There are both positive and negative factors of bringing in Kapler as the next Phils’ manager.
Kapler is an analytics guy. Being an analytics guy means that he is more focused on the process of the players developing than the outcome.
Kapler has little to no coaching experience which could deter some fans. Kapler finished second in the managerial race for the Dodgers in 2016 behind current manager Dave Roberts.
Kapler has a blog about nutrition and health. He actually banned any and all unhealthy food from the Dodgers clubhouse which he is sure to implement in Philly. He is a strong believer in healthy body and healthy mind, which could lead to improved performance on the field.
Another aspect that Philadelphia will enjoy is his fiery personality. He is a young, fiery, analytical manager that is exactly what the organization was looking for. The Phillies wanted to go in a whole direction and that is exactly what they did with hiring Gabe Kapler.