Kapler to Manage the Dodgers? And one Hell of a Debut

  • kaplerGabe Kapler hasn’t played in the Big Leagues since 2010. But his name resurfaced lately in connection with the Dodgers’ vacant managerial post. Kapler currently works in the team’s front office, and his managerial experience is limited to class-A baseball with the Red Sox organization a few years ago.
  • In parts of 12 seasons, Kapler played for six different teams, and hit 82 career home runs, with a .329 career OBP. But the weekend he arrived in Boston in June of ’03, Red Sox fans though they had a steal: Boston purchased the outfielder from the Rockies, and put him in the lineup immediately.
  • Kapler went 7-for-9 on the weekend, with two home runs, seven RBI, and seventeen total bases. The guy straight out MASHED that weekend, and the young Theo Epstein was made a genius by the Boston media.
  • The performance, of course, was a mirage, but Kapler played serviceably for the remainder of 2003 and 2004. He won a World Series ring the following year with Boston, but he was never again the daunting presence at the plate that he was on that weekend in 2003.
  • Baseball wants Gabe Kapler back. No, wait–it NEEDS Gabe Kapler back. The 40-year-old can’t take the field anymore, but perhaps he can bring the Dodgers back to prominence.
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