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Manager is known for the Phillies, it’s Gabe Kapler


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The Phillies upper management has selected a manager for the team, his name is Gabe Kapler. Surprise! A lot of media writers and fans had pegged the Phils to select a candidate from inside the organization as that is what the Phillies had done for a lot of the managerial posts available in the Phillies recent history going back 25 years or so.

A lot of great candidates were available for this job, recently released John Farrell, had a tremendous track record of guiding the 2013 Boston Red Sox to a World Series title. The Red Sox reeled off 97 wins that year. The past two years, Farrell has also had a great run with the Red Sox with 93 wins each season and finished first in the AL East. Who can argue with that success? And Farrell is young at 55 years old for a manager’s post. You could have even had a seriously strong case to hire Joe Girardi, who has been managing the Yankees for 10 years. Girardi was Manager of the Year in 2006 and guided the Yankees to a World Series win over the Phillies in 2009.

No, the Phillies weren’t interested in someone with success on their side this time, instead it seems like Phillies GM, Matt Klentak, who has attended college at Dartmouth, went the way baseball is going. A murky dark area called sabermetrics and managing by numbers which apparently Kapler had done a good job in selling his knowledge of players and numbers.

First for those who may not have even heard of Gabe Kapler, here’s where Kapler’s MLB career had taken him over the years, he was drafted in the 57th round. The following is a breakdown on some numbers that he produced over his career:

Standard Batting

Year Tm G PA AB H HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1998 DET 7 26 25 5 0 0 .200 .231 .280 .511 33
1999 DET 130 468 416 102 18 49 .245 .315 .447 .762 93
2000 TEX 116 491 444 134 14 66 .302 .360 .473 .833 109
2001 TEX 134 556 483 129 17 72 .267 .348 .437 .785 103
2002 TOT 112 342 315 88 2 34 .279 .313 .375 .688 75
2002 TEX 72 214 196 51 0 17 .260 .285 .332 .617 60
2002 COL 40 128 119 37 2 17 .311 .359 .445 .805 99
2003 TOT 107 248 225 61 4 27 .271 .336 .391 .727 85
2003 COL 39 76 67 15 0 4 .224 .307 .254 .560 41
2003 BOS 68 172 158 46 4 23 .291 .349 .449 .798 105
2004 BOS 136 310 290 79 6 33 .272 .311 .390 .700 77
2005 BOS 36 104 97 24 1 9 .247 .282 .351 .632 65
2006 BOS 72 147 130 33 2 12 .254 .340 .354 .694 77
2008 MIL 96 245 229 69 8 38 .301 .340 .498 .838 119
2009 TBR 99 238 205 49 8 32 .239 .329 .439 .768 102
2010 TBR 59 140 124 26 2 14 .210 .288 .290 .578 62
12 Y 12 Y 1104 3315 2983 799 82 386 .268 .329 .420 .749 92
162 162 162 486 438 117 12 57 .268 .329 .420 .749 92
BOS BOS 312 733 675 182 13 77 .270 .321 .391 .713 82
TEX TEX 322 1261 1123 314 31 155 .280 .342 .433 .775 98
TBR TBR 158 378 329 75 10 46 .228 .314 .383 .697 88
COL COL 79 204 186 52 2 21 .280 .340 .376 .716 78
DET DET 137 494 441 107 18 49 .243 .310 .438 .748 90
MIL MIL 96 245 229 69 8 38 .301 .340 .498 .838 119
AL ( AL ( 929 2866 2568 678 72 327 .264 .328 .416 .744 91
NL ( NL ( 175 449 415 121 10 59 .292 .340 .443 .783 100
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/31/2017.

A quick glance at Kapler’s numbers over his career, and it makes you scratch your head and ask yourself what Kapler thinks of his own career in the ‘sabermetric’ world. What opportunities would have he had in this era of intense scrutiny of numbers? Kapler’s 12 year career included 82 HR and 386 RBI.

What’s more, certain pictures have surfaced on the internet of Kapler that suggests he worked out a whole lot. There has already been an article on deadspin.com (an online site that I don’t normally read) that says that Kapler has had a blog in the past and that he was a good blogger.  Local Philly sports columnist and media member, Howard Eskin, aka ‘The King’, tweeted out a picture of Kapler in a pose that shows a body builder physic on Kapler as seen below.

Eskin joked that perhaps Kapler could be a good model for thongs, but that was years ago, Kapler now must make his hay in the Phillies organization as their manager. GM Matt Klentak saw something in Kapler that he was looking for.

The selection has been made, the Phillies have a new manager. A lot of work lies ahead of Kapler to turn this last place team in the NL East into something better. We’ll see now that the announcement has been made just what becomes of this Phillies team. Kapler got the opportunity to be one of only 30 managers in baseball, there are some very good managers still out there looking for a managerial post, but Kapler’s our man.

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