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Scream? Kick a chair? 'I'm not f---ing Dallas Green, never will be,' Gabe Kapler says

Scream? Kick a chair? 'I'm not f---ing Dallas Green, never will be,' Gabe Kapler says

If you're waiting for Gabe Kapler to yell and scream about the current state of the Phillies, to kick over a chair or flip over a table, you'll be waiting a long time. 

It's not his personality. It's not how he views leadership. It's not, in his opinion, the most effective way to send a message.

The topic came up again Tuesday after the Phillies' disgusting 16-2 loss to the Dodgers Monday night, a game that featured maybe their worst two innings of the season. In the fourth, the Phillies were out of position on a safety squeeze, allowed a steal of home and then forgot how many outs there were. In the eighth inning, they were forced to turn to Roman Quinn to pitch because the bullpen was so wretched that it turned a six-run deficit into a 13-run deficit.

Asked Tuesday if he thinks he needs to express more anger to his players, Kapler said, "I'm not f---ing Dallas Green."

"I think many people are looking for me to behave in a certain way," Kapler said. "Who are the managers who stand out through history who are respected in these situations? It's Lou Piniella, it's Dallas Green. Right? These are the guys who you expect to see handle these situations. 

"It's not my personality. It's not who I am. I don't think it's the best way to motivate people. So I don't do it. But it doesn't mean that I don't have every possible conversation and it doesn't mean that I don't care deeply and passionately about making our players. It doesn't mean that I won't look under every stone to give them every opportunity and support to be the best versions of themselves. I'll continue to do that. 

"I just don't do it in the way that many people think it should be done. I'm not going to apologize for that. I'm not going to say like, 'Man, I should be Dallas Green.' I'm not f---ing Dallas Green. I never will be."

Two ways to look at this. On the one hand, Kapler deserves some credit for remaining true to himself and not caving to media or fan pressure to act in a manner he doesn't feel will work. On the other hand ... maybe it will work? How can you know until you try? So far, attempting to push and motivate this team through constant support, harmony and looseness has not worked. It has not stopped the losing.

"It's something that I think about a lot. I think there's more than one way to motivate," Kapler said. "If you have 25 different personalities in a room, some of them are going to respond to some styles of leadership and others are going to respond to other styles of leadership. It's not every person in the room is the same way. That's not baseball. That's human behavior."

Kapler and his staff will continue to look for ways to motivate this Phillies team, that is somehow, someway still tied for the second wild-card spot despite losing 24 of its last 39 games.

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Dallas Green, Jim Bunning and Darren Daulton remembered on emotional night in South Philly

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Dallas Green, Jim Bunning and Darren Daulton remembered on emotional night in South Philly

The Phillies' annual Wall of Fame ceremony was one of the most emotional in recent memory.
 
The club passed on honoring scheduled inductee Pete Rose, but the event, held before Saturday night's game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park, did not suffer as the team took the occasion to salute Dallas Green, Jim Bunning and Darren Daulton, three beloved Wall of Fame members who died in recent months.
 
"This has been a very tough year for the Phillies family," Wall of Famer — and Hall of Famer — Mike Schmidt said in a heartfelt address to the crowd of 34,131.
 
"Dallas Green embodied the word 'respect,' — respect for each other and the game and his way of doing things and that led to the World Championship in 1980.
 
"Jim Bunning was about unselfishness. After a Hall of Famer career, he decided to become a Congressman and served the people of his home state (Kentucky) for 23 years.
 
"And Darren Daulton was about love. He was tough as nails and competitive and productive, but at his core was his smile and his ability to draw his teammates toward him.
 
"At our party the night I retired, Darren Daulton grabbed me and gave me a bear hug and a kiss on the cheek and said, 'I love you.' That hug, kiss on the cheek, and an 'I love you,' is what I remember most about my retirement in 1989."
 
Schmidt looked around the stage at fellow Wall of Famers Steve Carlton, Larry Bowa, Dick Allen, Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox, Tony Taylor, Bob Boone, Juan Samuel, John Kruk, Mike Lieberthal, Charlie Manuel and Jim Thome.
 
"Most of the guys on this stage received that hug over the years," he said.

Indeed, it was a Daulton staple.
 
Dan Stephenson, the Phillies' videographer par excellence, put together his latest masterpiece, a touching big-screen tribute to Green, Bunning and Daulton set to Paul McCartney singing The End of the End.
 
Those weren't raindrops running down people's cheeks.
 
Schmidt also took a moment to remember Ruben Amaro Sr., the former Phillies player, coach, scout and gentleman who died in March.
 
"Live every day like it's your last, be a beacon of light and spread love at home and in your community," Schmidt said. "We celebrate their lives and the memories they left behind."

Phillies will honor Dallas Green with a patch in 2017

Phillies will honor Dallas Green with a patch in 2017

The Phillies will honor former manager Dallas Green by wearing a commemorative patch on their uniforms during the 2017 season.

Green delivered the Phillies their first world championship in 1980. The patch will make its debut Friday during the Phillies' home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

Green's wife, Sylvia, will throw out the first pitch on Friday along with Fred Alward, a 16-year old patient at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Green died on March 22 at the age of 82. CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury wrote a heart-warming story on the life and legacy of Green.