One has to wonder what was said behind closed doors about Kapler, who is not the sole reason the Phillies failed to live up to expectations this season.
A general view of Citizens Bank Park as the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Montreal Expos on April 18, 2004 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
While it may seem unfair to fire Kapler after only two seasons with the team, there was plenty of frustration over the Phillies appearing to be built to make a run at the World Series, yet they couldn't even earn one of the Wild Card spots in the NL playoff picture.
"Reassuring to me was the endorsement that people outside the Phillies gave to the progress we have made recently, both organisationally and on the field". I have decided that some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective.
Now that Philadelphia has an opening for manager along with plenty of talent to work with, here are four managers that immediately come to mind as far as potential replacements for Kapler. "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 organisation as a result of his contributions". "We fell short of those, and that responsibility lies with me", Kapler said in a release. "My hope is that I helped contributed to a developing culture in the organization that flourishes in the years to come". The Atlanta Braves managed to rally from a five-run deficit, ruining his debut in the majors after a three-run home run in the ninth inning, which sparked plenty of controversy. The Phillies defeated the Expos 5-4.
In 2018, the Phillies were 15 games over.500 and leading the National League East in the first week of August, only to finish 16-33 and 80-82 overall.
The remainder of the Phillies' coaching staff has been invited to return next season.