It certainly took long enough. Phillies managing partner John Middleton decided to make a managerial change against the wishes of team president Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak. Klentak gave Kapler a vote of confidence last month, but in the end, Middleton took the decision away from Klentak.
Kapler managed two seasons and had one year remaining on his contract when he was axed on Thursday. MacPhail and Klentak each had their contracts extended through 2022 this past March.
“With the knowledge that I have gained from my evaluation, combined with my personal reflection on the 2019 season, I have decided that some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective,” Middleton explained in a statement released by the team.
Kapler finishes his two seasons with the Phillies with a 161-163 record, but in both seasons, his teams struggled down the stretch.
Middleton, Klentak and MacPhail will field questions from the media at a press conference Friday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
Kapler issued a statement, reading in part…
“As I move on, I know that this organization is in a great spot and will see a lot of success going forward. My hope is that I helped contribute to a developing culture in the organization that flourishes in the years to come. I’ve come to care for this franchise and have the best wishes for this group in the future. The passion and devotion of the Phillies fan base both inspired and humbled me daily. It was an honor to grow, develop and learn with this team. I’m looking forward to what the future brings, and I know I’m a better leader and person for having had this opportunity.”