According to sources, the Phils will likely name Gabe Kapler as their next manager as early as Monday.
Kapler, 42, is exactly what most folks expected Matt Klentak to go for. He’s analytically driven, big on sports science and is expected to communicate well with the young roster.
Kapler played 12 years with 6 teams, hitting .268, before retiring in 2010. Prior to his official retirement in 2010, he briefly retired after the 2006 season. In 2007, he took over managing duties for the Red Sox Class A affiliate in Greenville before returning to the playing field in 2008. His 2007 stint in the minors is his only managing experience. Kapler worked in TV and wrote for Baseball Prospectus before Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman named Kapler his player development director in 2014. Kapler was reportedly the runner up for the Dodgers managerial job in 2015 when Dave Roberts was eventually hired.
Kapler will be the first manager without Phillies ties since Terry Francona was hired in 2008.
Many thought Phils AAA manager Dusty Wathan would be the choice based on his grooming of many of the players on the current roster but it appears Klentak has found his man outside the organization.
More to come after the Phils make things official.