Gabe Kapler’s tenure in Philadelphia wasn’t met with much in the way of brotherly love.
Kapler was fired after just two seasons as Phillies manager, as the team failed to reach the playoffs.
With Kapler now officially minted as the Giants' newest manager, NBC Sports Philadelphia Phillies insider Jim Salisbury spoke about Kapler’s tenure and how it ended for the 44-year-old.
“I’m sure Gabe learned a lot, because a lot of things went wrong,” Salisbury said Tuesday night on "SportsNet Central." "Failure can be a great teacher.”
An overall record just below .500 (161-163) doesn’t necessarily evoke abject failure, but Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi made sure to cover all his bases in learning about Kapler’s time in eastern Pennsylvania.
One thing the Giants' front office liked, in particular, was the reviews from players who had operated under Kapler.
“Players like Gabe a lot,” Salisbury said. “ And I think the reason they do is he lets them do whatever they want.”
Although Kapler’s leadership style resonated with his roster in Philadelphia, he had a much stronger connection to Phillies management than he did with his own dugout.
“I always thought in Philadelphia, he bonded a lot better with the front office than he did with the clubhouse,” Salisbury said. “I didn’t think they always played for him, but I think he always responded to what the front office wanted.”
Joining an old co-worker in Zaidi likely will make that transition a lot smoother for Kapler, but it remains to be seen how players in the Giants’ clubhouse respond to a very different style of manager from three-time World Series champion Bruce Bochy.