Why Phillies Fans Should Be Excited About Gabe Kapler
Kapler has been able to connect with people throughout his career. He has long been known as a leader in the clubhouse. As a manager his communication skills, especially with young players, is essential. The best managers develop individual relationships with each of their players. They know when to push and when to let things play out. They understand how to motivate each player to bring the best out in them. Indications are Kapler has those people skills.
Kapler served as director of player development for the Dodgers. This experience will help him evaluate talent. This will give him the tools to evaluate whether a prospect is the real deal or fools gold. He should be able to help struggling prospects and young players like a Maikel Franco. He will be better enabled to make hard decisions about young players. It will help him decide whether to give a young player more playing time or move on. A manager with this skill set is invaluable. It can make the difference between rebuilding quickly or investing too much time on the wrong players.
Throughout Kapler’s career he has been known for his strong work ethic. Many young players have the natural tools to succeed but lack the work ethic needed to develop those tools. Kapler will expect his players to work hard and will create a culture of success built around a strong work ethic.