Gabe Kapler will not be fired in an attempt to save the season for the Phillies. GM Matt Klentak spoke to reporters today to discuss the recent struggles and to give a vote of confidence for the team’s manager and the rest of his staff.
That vote of confidence will be something we debate for the rest of the season if the Phillies do not turn things around.
One reason I did not expect Kapler to be fired is the amount of turnover we have already since in the past 6 years. 278 games of Ryne Sandberg, 412 games of Pete Mackanin, and we are just through 239 games of Gabe Kapler.
After a while, teams have to pick a guy and stick with him and this was the guy that Klentak himself had hired. As critical as we have been about Kapler, Klentak and the rest of the front office can be blamed as well for believing this pitching staff would be good enough to push you into the playoffs. And don’t forget the old saying… “the players play.”
Who deserves most of the blame? We will find out more as the season goes on, but as of today, this is where the fingers are pointed by your fellow Phillies fans.
Andrew Salciunas is host of The Fanatic Baseball Show, weeknights at 6 on 97.5 The Fanatic