Gabe Kapler was fired by the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday after only two seasons with the team. Some think that it should have been better shot after compiling a .500 record over this period. However, it seems that there is a good chance that the 44 year old player is not unemployed for a long time.
Several teams are looking for new managers this dead season and Kapler hopes to get one of these positions. The San Francisco Giants may have the most sense, as Kapler has good relations with baseball president Farhan Zaidi.
Gabe Kapler immediately becomes a powerful candidate for the opening of the #SFGiants leadership. He and Farhan Zaidi had a close relationship with #Dodgers.
– Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 10, 2019
Gabe Kapler would like to manage in 2020. There are 8 openings but a ton of competition. One possibility could be #SFGiants. Farhan Zaidi strongly recommended GK to Philly. However, as said here, Mark Kotsay appears as a strong candidate.
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman), October 10, 2019
While the Phillies did not meet expectations by missing the playoffs this season after spending a lot of money, Kapler's time with the team was far from catastrophic. He had problems communicating with players and made mistakes, but eventually guys like Bryce Harper did not earn their salary. Philly also suffered major injuries early on, especially when star player Andrew McCutchen tore his ACL in June and was ruled out for the rest of the year.
Even Kapler's own boss gave him a huge vote of confidence less than four months ago, so it would not be surprising to see him get a fresh chance as a manager immediately.