Gabe Kapler will be the next Giants manager

Gabe Kapler will be the next Giants manager

Gabe Kapler will be the next Giants manager

Kapler's on the heels of a two-year reign atop Philadelphia's dugout, though the former outfielder's initial run as a big league skipper didn't go all that well. Kapler was reportedly one of three finalists for the job along with Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Mike Quatraro. Tuesday night the Giants named former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler their new skipper to replace the retired Bruce Bochy, the team announced.

In the news release, Zaidi reiterated he desired someone who "could build strong relationships with our players, coaches, front office and fans". This was also echoed in the feedback we received around the baseball community.

"After an exhaustive and comprehensive search, we are delighted to welcome Gabe Kapler as the next manager of the San Francisco Giants". He has a relationship with Zaidi that dates back to their time with the Dodgers.

Out of all the vacancies that Kapler could have filled, San Francisco appeared to be the best fit for the 44-year-old native of California. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi previously worked with Kapler while with the Dodgers.

Despite his underwhelming stint with the Phillies, the Giants were likely drawn to Kapler because he is an outside-the-box thinker with a reputation for connecting with players, particularly younger players. Aging veterans such as catcher Buster Posey, first baseman Brandon Belt, shortstop Brandon Crawford, third baseman Evan Longoria (Kapler's teammate in Tampa Bay), and right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto continue to eat up a significant amount of the Giants' payroll.

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