Kapler on job status: 'Not going to manage scared'

Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team
August 14, 2019 - 9:25 am

"Do you think your job will be in jeopardy if the Phillies do not make the playoffs this year?"

That was Angelo Cataldi's final question to Gabe Kapler during their weekly Wednesday morning phone conversation on 94WIP. Kapler's answering was riveting. 

"I don't know, Angelo," the second-year Phillies manager said.

"You know this as good as anybody, you've been around the game forever—the life of a baseball manager is that you manage until the day that you get fired and almost everyone gets fired at some point. I guess I'd say this, I'm not going to manage scared. I didn't play scared. I fought and gave everything I had every single day. You're going to manage in the same way. So, if I get fired I do and it'll be a hard day for me to deal with, but I'm not going to waste a single ounce of my mental or emotional energy thinking about myself when I could be thinking about how I could help us win tonight's game. The players, those 25 men battling out there, those are the ones that matter."

Last week, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Kapler "remains beloved" by the Phillies' front-office and doesn't believe he will be fired, even if the Phillies do miss the playoffs. At 61-58, the Phils are currently 2.0 games back of the NL's second wild card spot. 

Before last night's win over the Cubs, the Phillies replaced hitting coach John Mallee with former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel hoping for an offensive spark. 

On July 26th, 2013, while Kapler was working for FoxSports as an MLB analyst, he tweeted this: 

Howard Eskin asked Kapler about this during a Tuesday press conference, but Kapler was confused. He explained himself with Cataldi. 

"I actually did not remember that all when Howard brought it up," Kapler explained. "Charlie knows how excited I am to have him with us. I didn't see him getting too worked up over one off tweet from 2013, particularly since I'm sure you called for his dismissal plenty of times as well. With Charlie, I tell him the truth though, which is that my job at the time was to put out opinions often. It was a different job, a different role, a different time, and that it isn't at all reflective of my evaluation of him as a coach or a person." 

You can listen to the full conversation below: