Gabe Kapler on his future: 'It isn't my focus'

Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team
September 18, 2019 - 10:50 am
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At 77-72, the Phillies are 4.0 games back of the second National League wildcard spot. 

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Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, who admitted he knows his team is a long shot to make the playoffs, was asked if anyone inside the organization reassured him he would return for his third season as the manager. 

"I haven't had those conversations at all and I don't intend to have any conversations about that until the season is over," Kapler told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Wednesday.

"It is out of my control and just honestly, it isn't my focus. I've said this before on this show, but I'll say it again, I'll give everything I have to this team. There won't be a day where I allow myself to get distracted and give anything less than 100 percent effort. It's how I played as a player and I just don't know it any other way. And I've recently been asking our players to commit to go all-in and to never quit and I won't give them any less. They have every bit of my focus and attention." 

Back on August 14th, Kapler was asked by Cataldi if he believes his job will be in jeopardy if the Phillies miss the playoffs. 

"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."

Listen to the full interview below.