By Sam Bush
Phils manager Gabe Kapler yesterday received a vote of confidence from his general manager.
Whose own job performance should be questioned after the Phillies recent devastating tailspin.
General manager Matt Klentak (above) said Kapler will be the team’s manager for the rest of the season.
The Phillies entered last night’s game on a seven-game losing streak and trailed first-place Atlanta by 6 1/2 games.
“My view right now is that the wrong thing to do is to point a finger at any one person and say you are the reason this is happening,” Klentak said. “I do not believe that.”
So Klentak is committed to Kapler for the rest of the year?
“Yes sir,” Klentak said. “Gabe Kapler is our manager. Our staff is our staff. Look, I’ve been a part of teams that have made in-season staff changes. I understand how that can happen. But right now I do not think that is the right way for us to go.”
Kapler entered last night with a 119-120 record as Phillies manager since being hired in October of 2017. He has a three-year contract that runs through next season.
“It doesn’t bother me,” Kapler said of the pressure that seems to be mounting in the city. “I knew that coming to the city of Philadelphia and being a coach or manager in this town comes with high demands, a high bar, it comes with a lot of expectations. I appreciate it.”