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.