Says’s Todd Zolecki:

Gabe Kapler knows everything that everyone is saying and writing about him.

He changes the Phillies’ lineup too much. He pulls his starting pitchers too early. He plays too many players out of position. He makes too many pitching changes. He does not make a lineup or in-game decision unless Philly’s research and development department tells him it’s OK. He speaks hyperbolically about his players’ performances. He does not hold his players accountable.

“I know what people think of me,” Kapler said before last night’s game against the Rockies at Coors Field. “I know how people are responding to me. Some of it I can do something about, and I will. There are other things that I’m just … first, I’m not willing to compromise my integrity to be a character.

“My job is to help the Philadelphia Phillies win baseball games. It’s not to be a persona. But it doesn’t mean I don’t feel. Yes, I promise I get mad. I promise there are conversations that get loud. I promise I pound my fist from time to time. I’m not going to do it for show. It’s not who I am.”

The Phils had the second-best record (63-48) in the National League on Aug. 5. Kapler was a favorite to be named NL Manager of the Year. But the Phillies have the worst record (15-30) in the NL since then. Some fans are upset, wondering if Kapler will, or should, return next season.

He will. Kapler said everybody on his coaching staff will return, too.

“They’ve done a tremendous job,” he said. “I think they are already seeking process improvement for 2019.”

Asked how Kapler feels he fared in his rookie season, he only said he is holding himself accountable.

“How can I be better?” Kapler asked rhetorically. “What can I do differently? How can I support our staff better? How can I support our players better? How can I put them in a better position to succeed? Those are all the questions that I ask myself every single day, without fail.”

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