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October 10, 2019
When he was introduced as Philadelphia Phillies manager in 2017, Gabe Kapler said his goal was to bring a World Series title to team owner John Middleton.
After two seasons without a playoff berth, the Phillies on Thursday fired Kapler, whose team (81-81) underachieved even with the addition of big-money free agent Bryce Harper and whose nontraditional, analytical style irritated many of the franchise’s passionate fans.
Kapler, 44, was hired in October of 2017, inheriting a 96-loss team. He went 161-163 in two seasons as Phillies manager, but Philadelphia improved just one game from 2018 to 2019.
Philadelphia entered 2019 seeking its first NL East title since 2011. The Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a $330 million contract in February, additionally adding All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen in the offseason.
Kapler played 12 MLB seasons and won the 2004 World Series with the Red Sox. He was a career .268 hitter with six teams from 1998-2010.