Heyman | Gabe Kapler appears to be choice for Phillies manager

Tampa Bay Rays' Gabe Kapler warms up before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of an interleague baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

HOUSTON — The Philadelphia Phillies are focused on Gabe Kapler in their managerial search, and barring something unforeseen, he will be the choice to be the next Phillies manager, sources tell FanRag Sports.

A decision is thought to have been made Sunday, and an announcement could come as early as Monday, or perhaps right after the World Series, which will end Tuesday or Wednesday night.

Kapler, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ director of player development, finished second to Dave Roberts for the Dodgers managerial job a couple years ago and has been interested in becoming a manager. Kapler was said to have had a terrific interview, and is said to have beaten out the Phillies’ Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan and ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell to win the big position.

Kapler has a keen interest in sabermetrics and nutrition, and while running the Dodgers’ farm system upset a few players by going to all organic food.

Kapler, before coming to the Dodgers, was a baseball analyst on FOX Sports and is well known as a numbers expert. Kapler was a coach for Team Israel of the WBC in 2012.

Kapler is a somewhat controversial figure who has some huge fans, but his intensity is seen by some as over the top. The Phillies obviously see it as a strength, though.

The 42-year-old had a nice big-league career as an outfielder with the Tigers, Red Sox, Brewers, Rays and Rockies, playing 12 seasons and hitting .268/.329/.420 before retiring after the 2010 season. 



  1. Jack

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Give the guy a chance. John McGraw is dead.

  2. Yruscon

    Oct 30, 2017 at 12:27 am

    This guy is a genius.

  3. Jim

    Oct 29, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Here we go again!! Organic food and sabermathetics! Didn’t we already experience a genius named Chip whose focus on this stuff gave Philly sports fans at least two years of misery. How about teaching and drilling on the game’s fundamentals and finding some reliable pitching. However, if the Phillies new manager needs an ancillary platform how about better grooming… MLB is looking a bit shaggy these days.

    • Dave Till

      Oct 30, 2017 at 1:21 am

      Yes. Those two 10-6 seasons were just agony.

  4. Phil

    Oct 29, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    When it came down to either Roberts or Kapler, Dodgers veterans came together and endorsed Roberts (who was an outsider to the organization) rather than Kapler (director of player development). I think that says a lot. With Kapler, he’s very strong-willed and uncompromising. He rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. The only way this works in Philly is if he’s given a lot of latitude and players buy in.

  5. Codutyma

    Oct 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Disappointing choice….5 more years of losing ahead

  6. Mark

    Oct 29, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    How do you leave out the Rangers of the teams he was with? That is who he came up with! SMH.

    • Chris

      Oct 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      My thoughts exactly

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