Philadelphia Phillies: Gabe Kapler is set up for success in Philly
The Philadelphia Phillies named Gabe Kapler their new manager on Monday. The 42-year old spent 12 seasons in the major leagues as a player. He’s been the Dodgers director of player development since 2014. He also spent time as an analyst for FOX Sports.
Even though he has never been an MLB manager before, he has the opportunity to stay in Philly for the long-term. He also will be able to relate to the Phils young hitters.
Since Kapler is coming from outside the organization, the Phils young guns will have to adjust. However, many see this as a positive. If the Philadelphia Phillies would have hired Dusty Wathan, there would be a chance of his voice fading quickly since plenty of their young players have worked with Wathan at the Triple-A level.
Kapler has been around the game through various capacities. Actually, he has worked with a lot of knowledgeable people like Joe Maddon. I believe he’ll do well in Philly and after watching him on television. I’ve learned he understands the game and will be a good communicator within the clubhouse.
Kapler comes to a franchise that has money to spend. Additionally, they have young talent and a smart general manager in Matt Klentak. He can also speak with Charlie Manuel, Larry Bowa, and Mike Schmidt about the game of baseball. Moreover, about the challenges he might face along the way.
The relationship between Klentak and Kapler will be based on trying to build a winner as well as analytics. Which was on the Phils’ radar when looking for a new manager.
The NL East was poor in 2017 and with the Phils in a good position to get a big name free agent next offseason. The fand should have plenty of optimism for Kapler as the manager in the City of Brotherly Love.
Kapler and Phillies Nation are ready for the next step in creating a championship contender in Philly.