So says the L. A. Times:
Kapler was a longtime employee of Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations. He scouted for Friedman in Tampa Bay and ran his minor league system in Los Angeles.
Friedman and Farhan Zaidi were comfortable with Kapler’s willingness to think outside of the box, but the team’s owners must have wondered how far outside was too far outside. Controlling owner Mark Walter was enamored with Roberts from the start.
“I’m going to pat ourselves on the back for having two really good finalists in our managerial search because they’re both terrific major league managers,” Zaidi said.
Kapler acknowledged he was heartbroken when he wasn’t hired for the position: