Why Phillies Fans Should Be Excited About Gabe Kapler

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MARYVALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Gabe Kapler #33 poses for a photo during the Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Photo Day at Maryvale Baseball Park on February 26, 2008 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
MARYVALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Gabe Kapler #33 poses for a photo during the Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Photo Day at Maryvale Baseball Park on February 26, 2008 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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Strategy

The Philadelphia Phillies have not had an excellent tactical manager in more years than most fans can remember. Kapler is known as a progressive thinker which, mixed with his belief in preparation, could make him more of a strategic manager then Philadelphia has seen in quite some time.

Kapler may not have the strategic mind of a Billy Martin, Tony LaRussa, or Jim Leyland, but he has the raw tools to develop into that type of manager. He stated in the press conference announcing him as manager that “we’re not going to leave any stone unturned to find our competitive advantages.” The on field decisions made by a manager can make the difference of 5 to 10 wins per season. If Kaplan turns into that kind of manager, he could be a long-term solution that sustains winning in the City of Brotherly Love.

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