By Anne Burke
Gabe Kapler’s contract has been extended by the San Francisco Giants through the 2024 season after he helped guide them to the best record in Major League Baseball last season.
Kapler, 46, was in just his second season managing the Giants, but he helped rejuvenate a veteran team to the top of the league.
The Giants’ 107-55 record in 2021 finally broke the Dodgers’ run of eight consecutive National League West titles and put them into a National League Division Series against their rivals from Los Angeles.
“I really love being here,” Kapler told The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly in September. “I absolutely love the city. And I think what we’re building here is really unique and really special. I love the people I’m working with every day. I love the players and I’ve really become comfortable with this group. I’ve learned a lot from them.”
Kapler, who managed in Philly in 2018-19 before he was fired by the Phillies, oversaw a new direction in San Francisco. After taking over for longtime manager Bruce Bochy, Kapler expanded his major-league coaching staff, the biggest in the league.
The Giants won a club-record number of games (their most since 1904) with their best winning percentage 1913, both achieved when the team was still in New York.