By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Phillies could have hired one of the heavy-hitters that available in the free agent managerial market. Instead of hiring someone of the stature of Dusty Baker or Joe Girardi, the Phillies are hiring someone with no previous managerial experience at the MLB level.
The Phillies are expected to hire Gabe Kapler once the World Series is complete. All four managers, who have been hired this off-season, have no previous MLB managerial experience.
The Washington Nationals hired Dave Martinez as their manager on Sunday, while the Boston Red Sox are waiting until the end of the World Series to hire Alex Cora as their next manager. The New York Mets hired Mickey Callaway, who also has no prior experience.
The 42-year-old is a former MLB player, who previously played for six MLB teams in his career, is the Dodgers Director of Player Development. A few years ago, he was in the mix for the Dodgers managerial job, before it eventually went to Dave Roberts.
Kapler has reportedly beaten out Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Dusty Wathan and former Red Sox manager John Farrell.
While this would be his first managerial job, Kapler does have coaching experience in 2012 during the World Baseball Classic with Team Israel. He was previously an MLB analyst for FOX Sports.
The Phillies are going to be building around Rhys Hoskins, as the 24-year-old appears to be face of the franchise moving forward. They hope that with Kapler and Hoskins, the team can go back to the World Series, as their last World Series Championship came nine-years ago on Sunday as they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays.
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