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Heyman | Gabe Kapler appears to be choice for Phillies manager

Jon Heyman



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. 

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.