The Phillies announced the hiring of ex-MLB player and current Dodgers’ front office member Gabe Kapler as their new manager on Monday, in a move that attracted support from much of the sabermetric community. Across baseball, to sum it up, responses to the Phillies’ hiring of Kapler ranged from “bold” to a “great move.”
Kapler might transcend the managing game. He’s only 42, and an ex-player, giving him the opportunity to connect with the current players in the Phillies clubhouse on a personal level. He also is a fitness freak. Kapler runs his own website on how to stay healthy, KapLifestyle.com. He was featured on fitness magazines before even making the big leagues, and he was even the focus of an entire K-Swiss shoe campaign in 1999.
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