With the Phillies’ 2019 season long in the books, observers have been waiting and watching to see what the team will do with manager Gabe Kapler. A final decision and announcement on Kapler’s fate is expected today, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philly (via Twitter).
While other clubs are fully engaged in pursuit of new skippers, or have announced the retention of their old ones, the Philadelphia organization has taken its time assessing Kapler’s status. Owner John Middleton is said to have engaged deeply in the matter personally, even visiting players for input.
At this point, it’s still anyone’s guess whether Kapler will be brought back. The organization was obviously disappointed to finish out of the postseason and with a middling .500 record after major offseason investments. But it seems there’s significant support for Kapler in some quarters, perhaps including the locker room.