Since November 2014, Kapler has been the Director of Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to ESPN, Kapler was one of three finalists to replace Pete Mackanin as Phillies manager. The other two were recently fired Red Sox manager John Farrell, and Dustin Wathan, manager of the Phillies’ triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Kapler, 42, said the following in a statement:
“I’m equal parts honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich in history, tradition, sports excellence and with amazingly passionate fans. I believe there is no better place to build a winning environment, and I take that task very seriously.”
In parts of 12 Major League seasons for six teams from 1998-2010, Kapler hit .268/.329/.420 with 82 home runs; he also won a World Series ring in 2004 for the Red Sox.