Gabe Kapler interviewing with Giants, report says

Written By Gabrielle McMillen
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Gabe Kapler's job search seems to be going well.

The former Phillies manager will be interviewing with the Giants for the vacant managing position, MLB Insider reported.

According to the report, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi loves Kapler and the two previously worked together when he was the Dodgers’ general manager and Kapler was their farm manager.

The Giants are on the hunt for a new manager after Bruce Bochy retired at the end of the season. They also interviewed Athletics bench coach Mark Kotsay for the job this past week.

Kapler is looking for a new job after the Phillies fired him after two seasons with the franchise. In 2019, Kapler led the team to an 81-81 record and no chance for a spot in the playoffs.

Overall, Kapler had a 161-163 record with Philadelphia, but couldn't seem to win the franchise nor its fans over, according to general manager Matt Klentak.

“I don’t think this is a secret to any of you in this room or anybody watching on TV at home, but I’m a big fan. I think he’s really good at what he does,” Klentak said of Kapler on Friday. “Very talented, very hardworking, a good communicator, all the things you’ve heard me say before. And I am very thankful to Kap for what we provided this franchise for the last two years.

"I think, when you look at a lot of the ways we developed culturally, a lot of the growth that we have had both at the major-league level and under the hood that people may not see, I don’t think we make those strides if Kap is not our manager, and I know there are a lot of people in this building that feel the same way I do, a lot of people on our staff, a lot of people in our clubhouse that feel that way too.”

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