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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Baseball’s Next Generation of Managers

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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.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 10:25 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, gabe kapler, joe mcewing, managers, raul ibanez, todd greene

 

 

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