Giants name Gabe Kapler as manager

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Two days ago, the San Francisco Giants named a new GM in Scott Harris. Now, the team has a new manager.

The Giants have named Gabe Kapler as the team’s new leader for the 2020 season. He gets a new job just weeks after he was fired by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler looks on from the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks
Gabe Kapler looks on from the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks (Getty Images)

Kapler is replacing Bruce Bochy, who retired following the season. The former Major League outfielder was replaced with the Phillies by Joe Girardi.

The Phillies owner John Middleton did not believe he was experienced enough to manage his team. But the Giants apparently his two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love will be sufficient for their team.

Kapler — in his final season with the Phillies — guided the team to a 81-81 record. The team finished in fourth place in the National League East.

They were 16 games behind the Atlanta Braves at the end of the season. The Phillies biggest lead on the season was 3.5 games back in May.

The Phillies under Kapler was 45-36 at home. They were 36-45 on the road.

During the first half of the season, the team went 47-43, but fell to 34-38 in the second half.

The 44-year-old Los Angeles, California native was 161-163 in two seasons. He had a .497 win percentage in the two seasons.

Both seasons with 80 wins in 2018 and 81 wins in 2019 were more than the Giants had in three seasons. Bochy guided the team to a 77-85 record in 2019.

San Francisco has not had a winning record since the 2016 season when the team went 87-75. They were able to make it to the postseason, before losing the NL Division Series 3-1 to the Chicago Cubs.

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