Manager Gabe Kapler fired by Phillies after just two seasons, report says

Jose Verdugo
Octubre 12, 2019

It didn't happen, and it has cost Gabe Kapler his job with the second year manager being fired on Thursday.

But expectations were much higher for the team heading into this season after the front office went on a free-agent spending spree, culminating with the signing of outfielder Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million deal in March.

Baseball fans can say whatever they want about Kapler, but in the long run, the decision to move on from the former manager after only two seasons seems like the right move for the Phillies. "I will never waver from that commitment".

Middleton added: "With the knowledge that I have gained from my evaluation, combined with the personal reflection on the 2019 season, I have decided that some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective". Consequently, we will replace our manager.

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The Gabe Kapler era is over in Philadelphia. Middleton said general manager Matt Klentak will conduct the organization's search for a new skipper. We fell short of those, and that responsibility lies with me. Reassuring to me was the endorsement that people outside the Phillies gave to the progress we have made recently, both organizationally and on the field. The next Phillies manager will inherit a team of talented, dedicated and committed players.

In his first game, the Braves rallied from a five-run deficit, winning on a three-run home run in the ninth inning. When Philly returned home after a season-opening 1-4 road trip, Kapler was booed resoundingly by Phillies fans.

The Phillies were 15 games over.500 and leading the NL East in early August but saw a dismal fall in the ensuing part of the season, going 16-33 down the stretch to finish 80-82.

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