The Duel

3 MLB Teams That Should Consider Hiring Gabe Kapler

By Paul Shapiro
Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies
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After two seasons without a playoff berth in Philadelphia, the Phillies fired Gabe Kapler on Wednesday afternoon. Despite arguably the biggest signing last offseason, in All-Star Bryce Harper, and multiple trades for players like J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura, the Phils finished the season with a .500 record.

Despite the team's underachieving in Philly, someone like Kapler likely won't be on the market for too long. With that in mind, here are three MLB teams that should considering hiring Kapler as their next manager.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Kapler spent three seasons as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ director of player development prior to being hired as the Phillies' manager, making him a potential fit with LA. He was viewed as a potential managerial candidate while with the Dodgers, and that could happen again, now that Kapler is back on the open market. While the Dodgers still have Dave Roberts under contract, a change at the helm could be in the cards after an early exit from the MLB postseason earlier this week.

2. San Francisco Giants

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With Bruce Bochy now retired, the San Francisco Giants are looking for a new manager as well. Kapler has a history with current Giants' president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, from their time with the Dodgers, and we've seen first-time managers get canned and ultimately thrive during their second stop. That could be the case here, if the Giants do ultimately consider Kapler for their managerial opening.

3. New York Mets

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Another team looking for a new manager is the New York Mets. Kapler clearly knows the division, having coached the Phillies for the past two seasons, and we often see teams going after players and/or coaches from their rivals. It wouldn't be outlandish to think the Mets should consider hiring Kapler as the next manager of an up-and-coming team in New York.

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