Posts for Gabe Kapler

With Klentak and MacPhail the Phillies future looks an awful lot like its past

Coggin Toboggan - October 18, 2019

Two weeks ago I wrote about the IMPROBABLE scenario of Gabe Kapler being relieved of his managerial duties, while Phillies GM Matt Klentak and team President Andy MacPhail were allowed to remain in power. It would’ve be madness to pull the plug on the man handpicked by both Klentak and MacPhail and then allow the two to choose his replacement, while expecting it to work out.

Reason stood if Kapler went, he should have been followed by his two biggest fans, tarred and feathered with the shredding of millions of analytic-based spreadsheets that showed empirical evidence that the Phillies have been abject failures since 2011.

But now Kapler is gone. Klentak and MacPhail are picking his replacement. Both still have their jobs.

John Middleton made sure the insane asylum continued to be open for business, and, baby, business-is-a-boomin’ in South Philadelphia.

In the immortal words of George Costanza: “You wanna get nuts? Let’s get nuts.”

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Crossing Broadcast: Replacing Kapler, The Vikings Game, Interview with JVR

Russ Joy - October 14, 2019

This episode of Crossing Broadcast first aired on Monday, October 14 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

Russ, Bob, and Anthony react to the firing of Gabe Kapler, the John Middleton press conference, and potential managerial replacements. Kevin then joins the show to break down the Eagles’ loss to the Vikings. The guys then debate where Carson Wentz falls in the top tier of quarterbacks. Finally, Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk joins the show to talk about the season thus far, bonding as a team, and more.

This episode of Crossing Broadcast is brought to you by FanDuel Sportsbook PA, where you can take advantage of their $500 risk-free bet  with the promo code “CB”.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

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The Phillies’ Indecision on Gabe Kapler is Getting Stranger by the Day

Bob Wankel - October 8, 2019

Today could be the day that we finally learn the fate of Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.

Then again, today could also not be the day.

Whatever the case, we have some updates on #GabeWatch this morning, and it seems that John Middleton is wasting no time burning up the jet fuel this offseason:

Three immediate reactions:

  • Middleton is much more successful than I ever will be, so I’m willing to concede that there may be a method to his madness here that a lowly person such as myself is simply unable to comprehend, but the logistics and sequencing of this entire process is baffling. I have questions, many of them. Why hop on a plane to solicit player opinions following the season when he had convenient access to the entire clubhouse in the final days of the regular season? Certainly, he’s been mulling this decision for weeks, so what information did he need to obtain before spending recent days soliciting player opinions? I’m all for careful consideration and due diligence, but the optics of this process have not created a good look for an organization that needs to generate some good buzz with an exasperated fan base.
  • I’ll stop banging this drum in the near future, but I can’t help but wonder why Middleton and his ownership group are taking such a meticulous approach to a decision on the manager’s fate, yet didn’t think twice about running it back with a front office that built the team he’s so unhappy with.
  • Personally, I’m rooting for Gabe to come back just for the Keeping Kapler rain delay theater on NBC Sports Philly next season.

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Crossed Up Radio: Oct. 7, 2019

Russ Joy - October 7, 2019

This episode of Crossed Up aired Monday, October 7, 2019 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

Anthony and Bob discuss Gabe Kapler Watch, react to local reports about the manager’s future, and assess what it will take to make fans believe in the Phillies going into the 2020 season.

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For Many Phillies Fans, It Feels a Bit Personal When it Comes to Gabe Kapler

Bob Wankel - October 1, 2019

The Phillies’ season came to an unceremonious conclusion on Sunday afternoon with a quiet 4-3 loss to the Miami Marlins. It was a relevant outcome in only that it prevented the franchise from claiming its 82nd win, and, in turn, the meaningless distinction of its first winning season in eight years.

The 2019 Phillies often did not hit the way they were supposed to hit. They often did not pitch the way they were supposed to pitch. Key players often got hurt. These three truths have led many fans and observers of the team to arrive at the singular conclusion that the thing to do now — really, the only thing to do now — is fire the manager.

And so we wait.

If you have read this site over the past few months, you already know I’m of the opinion that Gabe Kapler’s dismissal is unwarranted. I’m not looking to bring a take to the table, and I’m not looking to play the contrarian. I simply don’t think he deserves to lose his job based on the circumstances of this past season. Last week, I compared him to a hamstrung real estate agent tasked with selling a structurally-flawed home.

Included in that defense was this acknowledgment:

To be clear, this reasoning does not wholly excuse Kapler for his failure to get the Phillies to rip off the type of prolonged winning streaks that even far worse clubs achieved this season. It doesn’t excuse his occasional strategic missteps, or some of the decisions I’m sure he would like to have back, either.

That is to say if Kapler is ultimately dismissed this week, it’s not as if it would be some great injustice. I just happen to believe he deserves another crack at it with this core group and an upgraded pitching staff.

Beyond the uncertainty of Kapler’s fate, what I have found most interesting in recent weeks as the Phillies’ season limped to its conclusion is how many fans and observers of the team have reacted to the manager’s potential dismissal. It’s been a cocktail of disdain, vindication, and excitement.

The many people that want him out of here say that it’s nothing personal. They say it’s just about results. After all, the results are what matter most, right?

I’m not so sure about that.

Scroll through the tweets, read the Facebook comments on any recent Phillies story, listen to sports talk radio. Hell, go old school and strike up a baseball conversation at the bar with the dude sitting next to you.  Invariably, you’re going to read or hear about Kapler paired with one of the following words or phrases:

  • “coconut oil”
  • “too positive”
  • “pretty boy”
  • “computers/analytics/data”

It feels like the distaste for Kapler goes beyond baseball. It feels, I don’t know, a bit personal, doesn’t it?

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Was Real Estate Agent Gabe Kapler Tasked With Selling a Structurally-Flawed Home?

Bob Wankel - September 25, 2019

The Phillies were officially eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday afternoon, mercifully concluding what mostly felt like an inevitable three-month-long death march.

They have now missed the postseason for the eighth consecutive year and are left to play out a meaningless string of games that determines nothing other than the organization’s ability to laughably boast about the team’s first “winning season” since 2011.

In sports, we typically assign blame when failure becomes official, but the Phillies’ situation is unique in that those who have followed this team, including both those inside and outside of the organization, have been assigning varying degrees of responsibility for this bitter disappointment since early July.

While we are not yet privy to how the team’s top decision-makers have evaluated this mess, externally, the brunt of the blame has been directed at the team’s manager. Those of you that have read this site throughout the course of the season know that I believe it’s borderline ridiculous to primarily fault Gabe Kapler for how this has all played out, and you know the reasons why.

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Crossed Up Radio: Sept. 23, 2019

Russ Joy - September 23, 2019

This episode of Crossed Up aired Monday, September 23, 2019 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

Anthony and Bob discuss the Phillies’ futile last stand, the coaching staff’s future and what looks like will be a major roster overhaul.

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Crossed Up Radio: Sept. 16, 2019

Russ Joy - September 17, 2019

This episode of Crossed Up aired Monday, September 16, 2019 on 610 ESPN Philadelphia.

With the Phillies all but eliminated from postseason contention, Anthony and Bob give their take on what John Middleton should do with Andy MacPhail, Matt Klentak, and Gabe Kapler. The guys also discuss some potential free agent and trade targets for the 2020 season.

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