Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was not too concerned with the status of Rhys Hoskins, who left Monday night’s 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers after taking a foul ball off his face.
Hoskins fouled a ball off his face on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the top of the ninth while facing Kenley Jansen.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) May 29, 2018
The Phillies youngster was bloodied after being hit and had to be replaced by Pedro Florimon.
After the game, Kapler was not overly concerned about the status of Hoskins, who has a cut on his lower lip, according to MLB.com reporter Todd Zolecki.
Rhys Hoskins has a cut on his lower lip. Gabe Kapler said he is not overly concerned. He was not available to speak after the game.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) May 29, 2018
For the season, Hoskins is batting .230 with 13 doubles and six homers for a .770 OPS.
Gabe Kapler continues to ruffle feathers in his first week as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
After being left out of the lineup once again for Thursday’s 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins, Phillies outfielder Nick Williams expressed some displeasure with Kapler’s decision-making, hinting at an excessive reliance on analytics.
“I guess the computers are making it, I don’t know,” said Williams of the team’s lineups, according to Matt Breen of the Philly Inquirer. “I don’t get any of it but what can I do? I’m not going to complain about it because I have zero power. I’m just letting it ride.”
Though they won on Thursday, the Phillies are just 2-4 to start, and Williams has only been in the starting lineup for two of those games. Meanwhile, the first-year manager Kapler has taken heavy criticism from the outside for his perceived overthinking in managing both his hitters and his pitching staff.
Based on Williams’ comments and those from another Phillies outfielder as well, it sounds like Kapler is quickly losing support from the inside too.
The Philadelphia Phillies are receiving a warning from MLB about their handling of a relief pitcher in Saturday’s game, according to a report.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Sunday that MLB determined that umpire Jerry Layne handled a pitching change well and that the Phillies did not, leading to a warning.
Sources: MLB determines that umpire Jerry Layne handled Phillies' pitching change in the right way, given the circumstances; the Phillies will receive a formal warning letter from MLB.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 1, 2018
Rookie manager Gabe Kapler brought reliever Hoby Milner into the game during the third inning of a 15-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The problem is Milner wasn’t ready, so Kapler tried to stall to give Milner more time to warm up. The pitching change took about 90 seconds, leading Braves manager Brian Snitker to complain.
Milner was originally docked three warmup pitches, but Layne overruled to allow him all eight. Layne said the last thing he wanted was for the player to get hurt.
In the end, it seems Layne used the best judgment, while Kapler justifiably should be warned.
Gabe Kapler’s first turn as a manager has devolved into something of an amateur hour show in Philadelphia, but the manager isn’t losing confidence in his club.
After being pounded by the Braves 15-2 Saturday, Kapler guaranteed that the Phillies would make the playoffs.
Gabe Kapler then said the Phillies will make the playoffs in 2018. Inside the clubhouse, there was a great deal of sympathy for Hoby Milner, being put in an unfair position by staff.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) April 1, 2018
Kapler has been hammered for his managerial style through three games. In the opener, he removed starter Aaron Nola with one out in the sixth despite him having thrown 68 pitches without allowing a run. He used six pitchers in all, and the bullpen blew a 5-0 lead in the 8-5 loss. The next day, he took out Nicholas Pivetta after four innings and ended up using nine pitchers because the game went 11 innings.
On Saturday, Kapler’s staff got rocked in the 15-2 loss. He turned to outfielder Pedro Floriman to pitch the last inning. But the worst part was Kapler’s handling of Hoby Milner. He brought the southpaw into the game despite not having any warmup pitches and then tried to stall, which led to the umpire docking warmup pitches.
The Phillies will not hold up well if Kapler continues to manage by making so many pitching changes. For him to make this guarantee takes a lot of cojones and coconut oil.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams nailed his Gabe Kapler’s rental car with a home run during batting practice on Tuesday, and the manager loved it.
Kapler had a perfect quote about the matter when talking with reporters:
Nick Williams hit Gabe Kapler's SUV with a batting-practice homer today. “I would trade a Nick Williams home run for a dent in a rental car, any day of the week," Kapler said.
— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) February 20, 2018
What’s funny is that on Wednesday, Williams nearly repeated the trick.
After denting Kapler's car yesterday with a home run, Nick Williams nearly hit it again today during BP. "If he is destroying cars and it happens to be mine, no problem. We're going to make it a bullseye for him." #Phillies
— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) February 21, 2018
If this means Williams is in for a big season, Kapler will be game. The 24-year-old outfielder had a nice rookie campaign as he batted .288 with an .811 OPS in 83 games last year. Maybe he’ll be able to improve upon last year’s home run total of 12.
The Philadelphia Phillies reportedly have found their next manager.
Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday night that the Phillies like Kapler for the job and could announce the news as early as Monday, or after the World Series. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki confirmed the report.
Phillies could announce as early as tomorrow that they've hired Gabe Kapler as manager, sources said. @JonHeyman first.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) October 30, 2017
Kapler, 42, had a lengthy career as an outfielder that spanned 1998-2010. He managed Team Israel in the 2012 WBC, served as a TV analyst for FOX, and he’s been the Dodgers’ Director of Player Development since late 2014.
Kapler is extremely health conscience and stressed fitness, weight lifting, and proper nutrition during his playing career. He has incorporated that attitude into the Dodgers’ farm system.
Phillies Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan and former Red Sox manager John Farrell were said to be other candidates for the job, which became vacant following the demotion of Pete Mackanin after two years on the job.
- Gabe Kapler
The early frontrunner for the Los Angeles Dodgers manager position may be someone without any prior MLB managing experience.
According to Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register, former MLB outfielder Gabe Kapler is a strong candidate to replace Don Mattingly, who parted ways with the Dodgers on Thursday.
Kapler currently works as the Dodgers’ director of player development. He was responsible for implementing better dietary plans and an all-organic menu for the organization this past season. As Plunkett notes, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi used the word “organic” multiple times when discussing their decision to move on from Mattingly.
Both president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and GM Farhan Zaidi referred to the “organic dialogue” that had “organically evolved” during their post-season meetings with Don Mattingly. Those discussions led to a vacancy in Mattingly’s old job.
(Kapler) embraces such progressive thinking with missionary zeal, whether it is in menu choices, statistical analysis or the naked pursuit of Vitamin D. You’ll have to check his lifestyle blog (kaplifestyle.com) for the full story on that. Suffice it to say, it would make for a shocking NSFW approach to spring training drills.
Friedman wasn’t yet ready to discuss any specific managerial candidates when asked about Kapler, noting that the team is looking for someone who will be able to lead players the way Mattingly was. But if Mattingly — who has an old-school mentality — was such a great leader, it would stand to reason that the Dodgers want to focus more on player development and the analytical side of the game.
Zaidi admitted that the team expects to get “younger” going forward, which bodes well for the 40-year-old Kapler and his minor league managing experience.
“It’s hard to say exactly the type of person – but someone who’s a teacher and a leader and somebody that can help guys get over the hump to the big leagues,” Zaidi said. “I think that’ll be an important characteristic of anybody we hire.”
Is Kapler the right man for the job? We have no idea, but we do know that no manager could give better advice about the uses for coconut oil. Perhaps the Dodgers will find that type of knowledge invaluable.