PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former major leaguer Gabe Kapler has been hired as the 54th manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, Vice President & General Manager Matt Klentak announced on Monday.
Kapler, 42, has spent the last three years working for the Los Angeles Dodgers as the club’s director of player development, overseeing their entire minor league system.
“On behalf of the entire Phillies organization, I am very pleased to welcome Gabe Kapler to Philadelphia,” said Klentak. “Gabe has a track record of leadership, winning, progressive thinking and working with young players, and we fully believe that he is the right person to guide this organization into the future.”
Kapler played parts of 12 seasons in the major leagues for the Detroit Tigers (1998-99), Texas Rangers (2000-02), Colorado Rockies (2002-03), Boston Red Sox (2003-06), Milwaukee Brewers (2008) and Tampa Bay Rays (2009-10).
“I’m equal parts honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich in history, tradition, sports excellence and with amazingly passionate fans,” Kapler said. “I believe there is no better place to build a winning environment, and I take that task very seriously.”
An introductory press conference will be held later in the week following the conclusion of the World Series.