Kapler has been hired as San Francisco’s manager a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler received a three-year contract to replace Bruce Bochy, a beloved figure who retired at the end of the season following 13 years and three championships with San Francisco.
The Giants made the statement late Tuesday and planned a formal introduction Wednesday afternoon at the ballpark. Kapler is the second big hire in a matter of days by Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. On Monday, Zaidi introduced new general manager Scott Harris, most recently an assistant GM for the Chicago Cubs.
Zaidi and Kapler are now reunited from their time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where Kapler served as director of player development and Zaidi the general manager.
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“The most important trait, if we could have summarized it in one sentence for the next manager, was somebody who was capable of building trust and relationships with both the players and the front office,” Zaidi said. “And in my experience with Gabe, and as we went through the interview process and got to learn more about him, it became clear to us that he was the person who could best execute on that.”
The 44-year-old Kapler was fired Oct. 10 after going 161-163 over two seasons with the Phillies.
With slugger Bryce Harper their blockbuster asset, the Phillies ended 81-81 this year for their first non-losing season since 2012.
Harris said he was impressed with the reference checks done on Kapler around the game. The Giants also received feedback from current San Francisco players.
A former outfielder, Kapler played parts of 12 major league seasons with six teams and was a career .268 hitter. Bochy stated in February at spring training that he would retire after the season. He managed the Giants to World Series championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14. San Francisco went 77-85 in his final year.
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