Consequently, the team, who concluded an 81-81 season 11 days ago, announced on Thursday that Kapler would not return for the final year of his contract. Despite the acquisition of prized free agent Bryce Harper in the off-season, Philadelphia underachieved with an 81-81 record in 2019.More news: Shepard Smith, a frequent Trump critic, leaves Fox News
Phillies managing partner John Middleton says "some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective" of winning the World Series. "I will never waver from that commitment".
Coming into the season, the Philadelphia Phillies were expected to take the next step and become one of baseball's elite teams. 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.More news: Kate Middleton expertly paired a $6,225 handbag with a $200 outfit
Now that Philadelphia has an opening for manager along with plenty of talent to work with, here are four managers that immediately come to mind as far as potential replacements for Kapler.
"I am indebted to Gabe for the steadfast effort, energy and enthusiasm that he brought to our club, and we are unquestionably a better team and organization as a result of his contributions". "We came into 2019 with very high hopes. With (general manager) Matt (Klentak) leading our search for our next manager, I am confident that we will find the right person to lead us".More news: The internet's hilarious reaction to Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy
They ended up 80-82 in 2018, finishing third in the NL East and 10 games behind the first-place Braves. The next three-plus weeks were the sign fans didn't want to see, as the Phillies fell to 6.5 games out of the race once leadoff man Andrew McCutchen went down with a season-ending knee injury.