The Philadelphia Phillies won the offseason with a number of free agent acquisitions, which included superstar Bryce Harper, but it did not lead to a playoff berth in 2019.
As a result, the Phillies have fired manager Gabe Kapler after two seasons at the helm that included no trips to the playoffs.
“Several years ago, I promised our loyal fans that I would do everything in my power to bring a world championship team to our city,” team owner John Middleton said in a statement (h/t ESPN). “I will never waver from that commitment. … I have decided that some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective. Consequently, we will replace our manager.
“I am indebted to Gabe for the steadfast effort, energy and enthusiasm that he brought to our club, and we are unquestionably a better team and organization as a result of his contributions.”
Kapler is the third consecutive Phillies manager to be fired after no more than two full seasons, alongside the likes of Pete Mackanin and Ryne Sandberg.
“I have tremendous respect for this organization, this franchise and this city,” Kapler said in a statement. “We came into 2019 with very high hopes. We fell short of those, and that responsibility lies with me. The next Phillies manager will inherit a team of talented, dedicated and committed players. There has been nothing more fulfilling in my professional career than the opportunity to work with the players on this team.
“… As I move on, I know that this organization is in a great spot and will see a lot of success going forward. My hope is that I helped contribute to a developing culture in the organization that flourishes in the years to come.”
Now, the Phillies will embark on a search for a new manager, which will be conducted by general manager Matt Klentak.
“I want to thank Kap for his tireless commitment to the Phillies over the last two years,” Klentak said in a statement. “When we hired Kap, it was our goal to develop a positive, forward-thinking and collaborative culture throughout the organization that would allow us to compete with the best teams in the league year in and year out.
Thus far, names such as Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi, among others, have been internally discussed.
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