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Report: Gabe Kapler didn't tell police after told of alleged assault while with Dodgers

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Report: Gabe Kapler didn't tell police after told of alleged assault while with Dodgers

Updated: Feb. 2, 4:04 p.m.

According to the Washington Post, in February of 2015, when Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was the Dodgers' director of player development, he did not notify police of an alleged assault of a 17-year-old girl.

The Post reports the girl emailed Kapler and said she was kicked and punched by two women while partying with two Dodgers minor league players in one of their spring training hotel rooms in Glendale, Arizona. One of the players took video on his cell phone of the assault and posted the video on Snapchat, according to the girl.

Kapler received an email about the alleged assault from the girl’s grandmother. The Post reports that he did not notify the police, but instead consulted other Dodgers personnel and tried to arrange a dinner with himself, the girl, and the two players. That proposed dinner never took place.

In an interview with the police a week later, the girl said that one of the players sexually assaulted her.

The Post reports that the alleged victim decided not to cooperate with the investigation, and charges were not filed.

In a written statement, Kapler said he did not know about the sexual assault allegation until this week, when contacted by the Post. He also stated that his actions were in line with club policy and advice offered by Dodgers lawyers and human resources personnel. On Saturday, he released a more thorough statement though his website (see story).

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A simpler approach could get Rhys Hoskins to the future slugger we envisioned

A simpler approach could get Rhys Hoskins to the future slugger we envisioned

The Phillies finally got their slugger of the future.

That’s what Phillies fans and many people around the game were thinking after Rhys Hoskins became the fastest player in MLB history to slug 18 career home runs, accomplishing the feat in 34 games. Hoskins set the mark in a win against the Miami Marlins on September 14th, 2017 and you can relive it today on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

That home run off of former Phillie Vance Worley would also be the last of Hoskins’ rookie campaign. In the two seasons that have followed since, Hoskins has hit a more-than-respectable 63 total home runs. But his slugging percentage dropped in each season since 2017, going from .618 SLG as a rookie to .454 SLG in 2019.

So, where does Hoskins go from here? It would be overly critical to question whether Hoskins will be a one-year wonder. He has posted solid, if not spectacular, power numbers since that first season. But he also hasn’t been anywhere near the conversation for best power hitters in the National League either.

Here’s a reason for optimism: As much as he said the right things, my sense is that Hoskins was negatively impacted by the launch angle, pitch-taking mindset set forth as dogma by the Gabe Kapler regime. Hoskins already possesses those tendencies naturally. Adding more thought to the equation led to plate paralysis. As walks increased, production diminished from a player that this franchise is counting upon to create runs. With Joe Girardi and hitting coach Joe Dillon at the helm, there’s reason to think we’ll see Hoskins get back to “see ball, hit ball” mode.

It also can’t hurt to have a full season under his belt with Bryce Harper. While the two have a good relationship, it couldn’t have been easy to go from leading man to best supporting actor status. That dynamic should come more comfortably for Hoskins in the seasons ahead.

Who knows what the 2020 season will look like? Or if we’ll even have a season? But my bet is that Hoskins figures it out and puts together a 40 home run season in the not-too-distant future.

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A special guest joined the Phillies Talk podcast Friday: former Phillies All-Star and World Series champion Shane Victorino.

• Victorino on the sports shutdown

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• Why Philly made such a difference in his life

• The confidence that Charlie Manuel and Gene Lamont gave him

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