The Philadelphia Phillies reportedly have found their next manager.
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reported Sunday night the team will announce this week, maybe as early as Monday, that Gabe Kapler will be the team's next skipper.
One was internal: Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan.
The Phillies were late to the sabermetrics party - something managing partner John Middleton readily admitted after dismissing Ruben Amaro Jr.as general manager two years ago - but have made populating their once-bare analytics department with the best and brightest candidates they could find a priority in the last two years. The alternative Fox Sports 1 broadcast was set up so a "panel of experts", including Kapler, could "dissect the game and players through a sabermetric lens." He is also the first Phillies manager since Francona without previous ties to the organization.
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Kapler, 42, played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Tigers, Rangers, Rockies, Red Sox, Brewers and Rays before retiring in 2010. After retiring following the 2010 season, Kapler took a few years off before becoming a television analyst at Fox Sports 1 in 2013. He was part of the Red Sox' World Series championship team in 2004.
Kapler is extremely health conscience and stressed fitness, weight lifting, and proper nutrition during his playing career.
With the Phillies, Kapler will have his work cut out for him.