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Kapler and Klentak, no, they are not a law firm

It’s a strange day and times for Phillies baseball.

There was perhaps one of the longest selections of managers that this team has ever seen, and we ended up with a manager who espouses numbers being produced by players that will make an impact on who ends up on this team.

Kapler can talk a good game, and that’s how he got this job in Philadelphia. The new manager is a fan of sabermetrics apparently, and since he’s in great shape, a champion of fitness.

With the hiring, GM Matt Klentak went to bat for Kapler and linked him with the recent Dodgers success. Kapler had been employed by the Dodgers and spoke of wanting diversity in the dugout, he stressed that he didn’t want people around him that thought just like him. He values difference in people and that may be a good thing.

Kapler doesn’t have much managerial experience. That may be the thing that holds him back the most. He’s played the game for years though, and that is experience that you can’t get unless you’re an MLB player and know the ins and outs of the game.

Here’s some numbers on Kapler for his playing days:

Standard Batting

Year Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP
1998 DET AL 7 25 3 5 0 1 0 0 .200 .231
1999 DET AL 130 416 60 102 22 4 18 49 .245 .315
2000 TEX AL 116 444 59 134 32 1 14 66 .302 .360
2001 TEX AL 134 483 77 129 29 1 17 72 .267 .348
2002 TOT MLB 112 315 37 88 16 4 2 34 .279 .313
2002 TEX AL 72 196 25 51 12 1 0 17 .260 .285
2002 COL NL 40 119 12 37 4 3 2 17 .311 .359
2003 TOT MLB 107 225 39 61 13 1 4 27 .271 .336
2003 COL NL 39 67 10 15 2 0 0 4 .224 .307
2003 BOS AL 68 158 29 46 11 1 4 23 .291 .349
2004 BOS AL 136 290 51 79 14 1 6 33 .272 .311
2005 BOS AL 36 97 15 24 7 0 1 9 .247 .282
2006 BOS AL 72 130 21 33 7 0 2 12 .254 .340
2008 MIL NL 96 229 36 69 17 2 8 38 .301 .340
2009 TBR AL 99 205 26 49 15 1 8 32 .239 .329
2010 TBR AL 59 124 19 26 4 0 2 14 .210 .288
12 Y 12 Y 12 Y 1104 2983 443 799 176 16 82 386 .268 .329
162 162 162 162 438 65 117 26 2 12 57 .268 .329
BOS BOS BOS 312 675 116 182 39 2 13 77 .270 .321
TEX TEX TEX 322 1123 161 314 73 3 31 155 .280 .342
TBR TBR TBR 158 329 45 75 19 1 10 46 .228 .314
COL COL COL 79 186 22 52 6 3 2 21 .280 .340
DET DET DET 137 441 63 107 22 5 18 49 .243 .310
MIL MIL MIL 96 229 36 69 17 2 8 38 .301 .340
AL ( AL ( AL ( 929 2568 385 678 153 11 72 327 .264 .328
NL ( NL ( NL ( 175 415 58 121 23 5 10 59 .292 .340
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/13/2017.

The thing that most would concern this writer would be if Kapler were to rely on numbers and sabermetrics too much. He’s played the game, and his numbers would have been unimpressive in this day and age that only seems to give the impression that those are a big deal.

Imagine just a few years ago, if you asked if ball clubs would be paying out millions on data and numbers crunchers. You probably would have been called crazy. The Phillies employ a former employee of Google, Andy Galdi, and now others for sabermetrics. But where have the Phillies gone since he has been hired and others have been hired in the same capacity? Not anywhere but the bottom of the basement. So I can contest, what are the value of baseball anaylytics? Sure, the ‘new age’ baseball numbers fiends will find value in this newly embraced method but with the Phillies it has equalled nothing. Maybe Kapler will see this and his talk to Klentak was just to assure him he loved ‘numbers’ but will rely on his gut for club decisions.

Eric Valent was a scout for the Philadephia Phillies, now he works for the Marlins. His interview here  on Youtube comments on the world of sabermetrics and specifically the Phillies, and a little on Matt Klentak. This may have led to Valent leaving the Phils and going to the Marlins organization, again a signal of the change within the way the Phillies do business as Valent was with the Phils for several years.

  

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