Gabe Kapler was named the 39th manager in Giants history on November 12, 2019 when he was introduced to the media at Oracle Park...Kapler, 44, spent the past two seasons as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies where he guided them to a 161-163 (.497) combined record. In his first season, 2018, Kapler's Phillies finished 80-82, a 14-win improvement from 2017. The 2019 Phillies finished 81-81, reaching the .500 mark for the first time since 2012...Prior to joining Philadelphia, Kapler was the Director of Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers from November 2014 until he was named the Phillies manager in October 2017. During those three seasons overseeing the Dodgers minor league system (2015-2017), their minor league clubs went a combined 1,299-1,128 (.535) that included eight first-place finishes. The .535 winning percentage over that span was the fourth-best among all Major League teams and the second-best among National League clubs, trailing the Phillies .548 mark. In that span, the Dodgers system produced future Major Leaguers Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler and Max Muncy along with one of the game's current top prospects in Gavin Lux...In 2013, Kapler served as a Coach for Team Israel during the World Baseball Classic qualifiers. From 2011-2013, he served as a Special Assignment Scout for the Tampa Bay Rays. He began his coaching career in 2007, taking a season out of his playing career to serve as the Manager of Class-A Greenville of the South Atlantic League in Boston's minor league system.
As a player, Kapler played in parts of 12 seasons in the Majors from 1998-2010 with Detroit (1998-1999), Texas (2000-2002), Colorado (2002), Boston (2003-2006), Milwaukee (2008) and Tampa Bay (2009-2010). A former 57th-round pick by Detroit in 1995, Kapler batted .268 over 1,104 career games with 176 doubles, 82 home runs and 386 RBI...He made his Major League debut on September 20, 1998 for Detroit vs. Minnesota, going 1-for-4 with a stolen base. In the minors that season, Kapler was named the Southern League MVP after leading the league in runs (113), hits (176), doubles (47), home runs (28), RBI (146), extra-base hits (81) and total bases (319). USA Today Baseball Weekly and The Sporting News tabbed him as the Minor League Player of the Year for 1998...n 1999, Kapler established his career high in homers (18), playing in 130 games for the Tigers. Following the 1999 season he was traded to Texas along with LHP Alan Webb, IF Frank Catalanotto, RHP Francisco Cordero, C Bill Haselman and LHP Justin Thompson in exchange for OF Juan Gonzalez, RHP Danny Patterson and C Gregg Zaun...In 322 career games with Texas from 2000-2002, Kapler batted .280 with 73 doubles, 31 homers and 155 RBI. In his first game with Texas, Opening Day (April 3, 2000), Kapler homered in each of his first two at-bats, becoming the first Ranger in franchise history to homer in each of his first two at-bats with the team. Later that season, he established a Rangers franchise record that still stands today with a 28-game hitting streak from July 17-August 15...On July 31, 2002, Kapler was traded to Colorado along with OF Jason Romano and cash considerations in exchange for OF Todd Hollandsworth and RHP Dennys Reyes...In 2004, Kapler played in a career-best 136 games while hitting .272 for the eventual World Champion Boston Red Sox. His playing career also included a 38-game stint for the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional League in 2005 before returning to Boston later that season...Collegiately, Kapler attended Cal State Fullerton before attending Moorpark College in Moorpark, CA. In 1995, Kapler led Moorpark in home runs and RBI while batting .337 in his one season there. He was later inducted into the Moorpark College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Kapler makes his offseason home in San Francisco and has two sons, Chase and Dane...Outside of coaching and playing, Kapler spent the 2013 season working as an analyst for FS1.