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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

MLB rumors: Ex-Yankees manager Buck Showalter, Phillies have ‘mutual interest’ ...

It’s been nine days since the MLB regular season ended and the Philadelphia Phillies still haven’t decided what they are doing with manager Gabe Kapler. Owner John Middleton is taking his time deciding if Kapler should return for a third season. But that isn’t stopping the rumor mill from guessing who could replace Kapler in the dugout if the Phillies decide to make a move.

Which brings us to this report by Matt Gelb of The Athletic:

“This all makes Buck Showalter an intriguing figure. While a search for a potential replacement for Kapler would not be limited to Showalter, the two sides have a mutual interest, according to multiple sources. There are no indications Showalter, 63, would be the leading candidate. .. Showalter is familiar with the Phillies front office. Team president Andy MacPhail hired Showalter in Baltimore. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and his trusted assistant general manager, Ned Rice, both worked with Showalter in Baltimore as lower-level baseball operations employees. Those connections are important, but not an assured precursor to another marriage. Both sides know what worked before and what did not; the Orioles, during Showalter’s time, were not a team that embraced data as the Phillies now do.”

That’s right. The report says the Phillies are interested in Showalter, even though they haven’t fired Kapler, who went 161-163 in his two seasons as skipper.

Certain aspects of Showalter’s management style and the Phillies fan base- this could get rather entertaining for the rest of us indeed…..

 

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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