Gabe Kapler Newsbeat
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Several hours after the Dodgers confirmed Don Mattingly wouldn’t return to their dugout next season, Gabe Kapler was asked if he was ready to take over as the team’s manager.
“I have to go work out,” Kapler said.
He smiled, politely declined to comment further and slipped into an elevator.
Posted: October 24, 2015 at 02:02 PM | 10 comment(s)
From the time Kapler became the Dodgers’ farm director, there were rumblings within the organization that he might be the front office’s handpicked manager-in-waiting. True or not, this perception could present an obstacle for Kapler if he is selected to manage the team. If players see him as an extension of the front office, they could view him with suspicion.
Already, Kapler has raised some eyebrows with the Dodgers.
He was responsible for introducing organic food and eliminating soda in the team’s dining room at spring training, a move that was unpopular with veteran players.
Kapler also authors a blog about nutrition and fitness. In August, he used the platform to encourage baseball players to expose their private parts to sunlight as a method of increasing testosterone production.
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Gabe Kapler: Kapler currently serves as the Los Angeles Dodgers director of player development, his first year in the position. He spent 12 seasons in the big leagues after being selected in the 57th round of the 1995 amateur draft, a round that doesn’t exist anymore. Work ethic and determination to beat the odds to succeed was something Gabe never lacked. I witnessed this first hand as a teammate in Detroit and then again as a broadcasting partner at FOX.
In 2007, Kapler took a year off from playing to manage the Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox before resuming his career in 2008. He was a part of the 2004 World Series championship team in Boston. Some notable managers he has played under include Terry Francona, Joe Maddon and Clint Hurdle.
Kapler’s affection for advanced metrics is well known. Combine that with his natural ability to lead and he’s an ideal candidate in today’s version of major league baseball. With Gabe it’s not a matter of “if” he will manage a big-league team, it’s a matter of “when.”
Gabe may want to stay in his current role with the Dodgers for now, but if reports are accurate and the Dodgers decide to let current manager Don Mattingly leave for Miami, Kapler could slide in to the lead role in Los Angeles without missing a step.
The ideal situation for him would be something similar to what AJ Hinch walked into with Houston this year: An analytic-heavy organization that is close to winning.
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