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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Giants pick ousted Phillies manager Gabe Kapler to succeed Bruce Bochy

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have found Bruce Bochy’s successor.

The club agreed to terms on a three-year contract with former Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, who is set to become the team’s next manager. Kapler will be officially introduced at a press conference on Wednesday at Oracle Park.

Kapler emerged from a pool of at least nine candidates and was one of three who received at least two interviews for the chance to hold a job last manned by Bochy, a three-time World Series champion. The other finalists were current Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro.

“Probably the key thing that we were looking for and the most important trait if we could summarize it in one sentence for the next manager was somebody who was capable of building trust and relationships with both players and the front office,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said on a conference call with beat writers.

Ever feel like the transit commissioner on SimCity 2000?

 

QLE Posted: November 13, 2019 at 12:07 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: gabe kapler, giants, managerial search

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   1. The Duke Posted: November 13, 2019 at 09:02 AM (#5900759)
I guess all the Astros trickery skill sets was not enough to convince the giants to go with Espada
   2. JJ1986 Posted: November 13, 2019 at 09:05 AM (#5900760)
It looks to me like GMs have decided that there don't exist managers who would simply add wins to any team (maybe Joe Maddon counts as that). They aren't looking for great managers; they're looking for managers who will work well with the front office.
   3. Mefisto Posted: November 13, 2019 at 09:08 AM (#5900764)
Yuck.
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: November 13, 2019 at 09:11 AM (#5900765)
lol
   5. . Posted: November 13, 2019 at 09:58 AM (#5900786)
“Probably the key thing that we were looking for and the most important trait if we could summarize it in one sentence for the next manager was somebody who was capable of building trust and relationships with both players and the front office,”


Whatever pluses your "intelligence" and knowledge of "analytics" bring to the table -- they're vastly overrated but let's go with it for now -- are entirely eradicated and more by that philosophy.

Bruce Bochy out for no real reason, in favor of Gabe Kapler, a weirdo who no one can stand and who interfered to the downside in a sexual misconduct allegation. And who can't manage.

Yuck and LOL.
   6. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: November 13, 2019 at 10:03 AM (#5900791)
Bruce Bochy out for no real reason,


Uh, Bochy retired.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: November 13, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5900793)
It was only 4-5 years ago when we were hearing how important it was for the most cutting edge front offices to have a liaison that could speak both jockspeak and quantspeak. Now that's basically the manager's primary qualification.
   8. . Posted: November 13, 2019 at 10:06 AM (#5900794)
No, he "retired."
   9. cookiedabookie Posted: November 13, 2019 at 10:10 AM (#5900797)
And...another white guy
   10. DCA Posted: November 13, 2019 at 10:21 AM (#5900804)
He will be 65 next season, has managed for 25 years, and the team was quite bad for the last three.

Which is to say, it would be entirely defensible for him to decide to leave, or to be let go, or to mutually decide to part ways.
   11. . Posted: November 13, 2019 at 10:26 AM (#5900808)
McCovey Chronicles:

In Spring Training of 2015, Kapler — who was then the director of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers — was sent an email from a 17-year old girl. In the email, the girl claimed to have been partying with two other women as well as multiple Dodgers minor leaguers, who were supplying her with alcohol.

After getting drunk, she was physically abused by the other women. The Dodgers players videotaped the ordeal, rather than helping her.

In a testimonial with the police, the victim alleged that one of the players sexually assaulted her while she was drunk.

You can read the Washington Post’s account of the story here, but here’s the crux of it:

Kapler didn’t contact police, records show, nor did others with the Dodgers he consulted. Instead, Kapler tried to arrange a dinner with the girl and the players, and engaged in discussions with the girl’s grandmother.

The next week, the girl’s case manager with Arizona’s Department of Child Safety contacted police. When officers interviewed the girl hours later, according to the report, she offered an even darker account of the evening: Before the beating, the girl told police, one of the Dodgers players had sexually assaulted her as she lay on the bed, struggling to remain conscious.


Kapler didn't merely cover it up by not going to the police, he actively sought out the girl to try to get her to meet with her assailants.

How could anyone possibly hire this man?

And honestly, one has to wonder why Zaidi himself didn't go to the police.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: November 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM (#5900809)
The ice cream thing was already enough, to be honest.
   13. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: November 13, 2019 at 11:07 AM (#5900837)
Uh, Bochy retired.

Bochy said a few weeks ago that he is not retired. He is taking a “pause” and would like to give managing “one more shot”.
   14. Bhaakon Posted: November 13, 2019 at 03:18 PM (#5900926)
Bochy has had three heart surgeries and a hip replacement since the team's last championship. The new management team may or may not be happy with the timing, but he definitely has reasons to step aside.
   15. calming him down with his 57i66135 Posted: November 13, 2019 at 05:21 PM (#5900960)
The ice cream thing was already enough, to be honest.
correct.
And...another white guy
did they even check to see if sammy sosa was available?
   16. Bhaakon Posted: November 13, 2019 at 05:32 PM (#5900966)
And...another white guy


Does Jewish count as a white guy?
   17. stevegamer Posted: November 13, 2019 at 10:41 PM (#5901011)
I was very glad to hear this news, because the comedy will continue, but it won't involve harm to a team I root for.
   18. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 14, 2019 at 07:47 AM (#5901024)
I agree with SBB in this case. Aren't Zaidi and Kapler also potentially both implicated in the FBI's investigation of the Dodgers international scouting and signing when they were part of the organization?
   19. SoSH U at work Posted: November 14, 2019 at 10:50 AM (#5901077)
I agree with SBB in this case.


Doesn't everyone except Zaidi agree with SBB on this one? Kapler seemed to impress absolutely no one in his two years in Philly, both on and off the field.

   20. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: November 14, 2019 at 02:05 PM (#5901160)
Does Jewish count as a white guy?


Depends on whether his horns are visible.
   21. Lars6788 Posted: November 14, 2019 at 02:38 PM (#5901175)
Prospects get coconut oil in their lockers next season to avoid any off-the-field extra curriculars not involving a girlfriend or a wife [if applicable].

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