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Report: Gabe Kapler will be named next manager of Phillies

Alex Reimer
October 30, 2017 - 10:54 am

Former Red Sox outfielder Gabe Kapler has spent the last three years working as the Dodgers’ Director of Player Development. With that experience in mind, he’s a sensible choice to be next manager of the Phillies, who are developing a young roster of their own.

ESPN confirms the Phillies have named Kapler their next skipper and will make the announcement later this week, presumably once the World Series concludes. Former manager Pete Mackanin will move into a front office role after leading the Phillies to a 174-238 record since taking over for Ryne Sandberg halfway through the 2015 campaign.

Kapler, a former WEEI.com contributor, hit .268 with 12 big league seasons with the Red Sox, Rangers and four other teams. He’s well-versed in analytics, which the Phillies reportedly stressed as an important characteristic throughout their search. 

Ex-Red Sox skipper John Farrell interviewed for the position last week. 

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