Phillies: 14 candidates to replace manager Gabe Kapler
The former Phillies outfielder has been a finalist for manager jobs in the past, but he’s reportedly not listening to jobs while he raises his family. Ibanez is likely to be a major league manager at some point, but it’s not his time just yet.
The three-time World Series champion manager with the San Francisco Giants is headed to the Hall of Fame after retiring this year. Despite announcing that retirement prior to the 2019 season, Bochy has left a return on the table. Given his stature in the game, Bochy won’t take just any job. He’s likely to stay on the west coast and potentially return to the Padres, but for now, he’s retired.
As mentioned earlier, the Phillies interviewed Nevin when he was with the Giants in 2017. He’s a worthy candidate, but does he have the name recognition and manager experience the Phillies want right now?
Like Ibanez, give Chase a couple of years to watch his kids grow before tossing around the idea of him being a manager. It’s something that could absolutely happen someday, but the reason Chase retired was to spend more time with his kids.
Ausmus handled the Tyler Skaggs situation in Los Angeles so well and if Joe Maddon wasn’t available, Ausmus would probably still be with the Angels. Former catchers typically translate into solid managers, but Ausmus has a career record of 314-332 with the Tigers and Angels.