Phillies Dismiss Manager Gabe Kapler


We finally have a resolution to the Gabe Kapler saga.  The Phillies have dismissed Kapler, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. Kapler has one year remaining on his contract. Word previously came from Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer that face of Phillies ownership John Middleton had been reaching out to players talking about Kapler.   Middleton was behind the departure of hitting coach John Mallee and the hiring of former manager Charlie Manuel to assume the role on a pro tem basis. Matt Gelb of the Athletic says that people in the Phillies organization wanted the world to know that it would be Middleton making the decision on Kapler.  It appears the front office wanted to keep Kapler. Word broke on Friday that pitching coach Chris Young would be reassigned.  Young could pursue pitching coach jobs in other organizations, but the Phillies appear ready to retain him in a yet-to-be-defined role. Gelb also reported in the piece that all seven remaining coaches had been retained and would be retained regardless of who takes the managerial role.  That in itself would make the job less appealing to an incoming manager who wished to shape his own coaching staff.  The coaches may, however, seek promotions outside the organization later if they so choose. General manager Matt Klentak has long been declared "safe" in published reports.  Salisbury has also reported that Klentak and president Andy MacPhail are safe. Klentak scored a three-year extension prior to the 2019 season, which goes into effect this offseason.  

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