Doug Pederson, Gabe Kapler, Brett Brown

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Pederson, Kapler, Brown make list of top 50 coaches

Andrew Porter
October 17, 2018 - 11:17 am

ESPN asked a panel of "cross-sport experts" to rank the top 50 coaches in all of major professional sports. The exercise focused on which person would be best in "building a program," not winning a single game. 

Doug Pederson came in at No. 15. 

"Like Francona and Maddon, Pederson's approval rating was high among our respondents thanks to his ability to reach a seemingly unconquerable plateau for a long-starving fan base," ESPN wrote. 

Gabe Kapler came in at No. 39. 

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"The Phillies underwent a 14-game improvement in 2018 and played meaningful baseball in September for the first time in years, but notoriously hard-to-please Philadelphia fans probably won't quite view Kapler's first year through that lens," ESPN wrote. 

Brett Brown came in at No. 40

"It's because of his respected stewardship during the "Trust the Process" era that he's here," ESPN wrote. 

My thoughts:

Honestly, I was surprised to see Pederson so high after just one successful—albeit incredible—season. I think Brown's ranking of No. 40 is too low and I like the gumption to put Kapler 39th. Kapler has the chance to be a very successful manager, I'm just not sure Philadelphia is going to let him get there.