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Published: Tue, October 31, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Former major leaguer Gabe Kapler named new Phillies manager

Former major leaguer Gabe Kapler named new Phillies manager

Kapler's lone managerial experience came during a one-year retirement in 2007 with Boston's Single-A affiliate.

The Phillies began a search for a new manager in late September, when they announced that Pete Mackanin would assume a new role in the front office after the conclusion of the season. He also managed in the minor leagues in the Red Sox organization for one year, was a part-time consultant for the Tampa Bay Rays and is considered knowledgeable in sabermetrics.

Kapler, 42, had a lengthy career as an outfielder that spanned 1998-2010. The two clicked, putting Kapler on his path toward the Phillies.

Kapler, 42, had a 12-year Major League Baseball career and now serves as the Los Angeles Dodgers' director of player development.

The news of Kapler's hiring was first reported Sunday night.

"I'm equal parts honoured, humbled and excited by the opportunity with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich with history, tradition, sports excellence and with amazingly passionate fans", Kapler said in a statement from the team. Nick Francona, son of Indians manager Terry and an Afghanistan war veteran, alleged that the Dodgers pushed him out of the organization after he went to a Boston-area organization to seek treatment for "invisible wounds of war".

Kapler appealed to the Phillies for several reasons. Kapler is analytically inclined, which likely is a prerequisite for a front office that has invested heavily in its analytics staff the past two years. This confirms a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

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