Gabe Kapler wasn't a fit in Philadelphia

James Seltzer
May 22, 2020 - 6:02 am

I've never been a Gabe Kapler hater. In fact, early on, I was all in for Gabe. I wanted the Phillies to hire him. I thought he was the right man for the job. But – and it pains me to admit this – I was wrong. Dead wrong.

Sometimes, a guy just doesn't fit in a particular city. Sometimes, it's just never going to work. And Gabe was never, ever, ever going to fit in Philadelphia. I believe that clichés are clichés for a reason. There's usually some degree of truth to a cliché. And Gabe Kapler falls under one of the classics: he isn't a Philly Guy. 

It's not just that he isn't from Philly; you don't have to be from Philly to be a Philly Guy. You just have to understand the city you're managing (or playing) in.

Gabe just didn't get us. If I had to listen to one more absurd press conference with him talking about how nice the uniforms looked or how a guy had a good at-bat even though it ended in a harmless groundout, I would have lost my damn mind. Gabe just could never be real with us, and that was never going to fly in this town.

You can't BS us in Philly. We don't want excuses and we don't want rosy sunshine shoved up our you-know-whats – we just want you to give it to us straight. According to Gabe, every player was doing great every single game, and yet somehow, he finished his Phillies tenure two games below .500.

And let's not sugarcoat it: he may not have been the worst manager, but he wasn't a good one either. He was raw, flawed, and overly analytical. Could he be a better manager in a different place someday? Maybe. But with the Phillies? No chance.

You know who is going to work out in Philly, though? Joe Girardi, that's who. Joe G is a great manager and a Philly Guy. Sorry, Gabe, and good luck in San Fran, but all hail Joe G! 

Good thing I've never been wrong before.