Gabe Kapler: ‘We Have Core Position Players All Around The Diamond’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies introduced their new manager Gabe Kapler on Thursday.

Kapler portrayed himself as thoughtful, confident, and extremely energetic.

“What’s most attractive and exciting is we have core position players — I’m not gonna name names — all around the diamond, Kapler said. “We have some really, already, successful young pitching. We have some bullpen pieces, in looking into them, I got really excited about.”

Kapler, 42, 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.

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“I looked through our prospects in our minor league system. The guys that we have coming — extremely, extremely talented. This scouting department has done a tremendous job the last couple of years.”

The longtime MLB outfielder was asked about his personal lifestyle blog, and specifically his use of coconut oil, which has gotten a lot of publicity.

“Much of what I have written is several years old and when I was writing I was in a different mindset than I am now, as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Even with that said, if you look through the various posts, there is some tongue and cheek stuff that I had directed to players because I thought it might make them laugh. Thinking through it, there are some things that I might have written a little different.”

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