Kapler, 44, completed two seasons as Phillies manager and posted a 161-163 record. Philadelphia failed to live up to the hype following an offseason spending spree highlighted by Bryce Harper's arrival.
Along with Kapler's firing, the Phillies announced that pitching coach Chris Young will not return in that position in 2020 and hitting coach Charlie Manuel will resume his role as a senior advisor to the general manager. "I will never waver from that commitment".
Earlier this week, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Phillies owner John Middleton was nearing a decision on Kapler, but wanted to get input from members of the team.
"Nevertheless, 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". Consequently, we will replace our manager. "We came into 2019 with very high hopes". "While we have fallen short in the win column for the last two years, I can confidently say that Kap's efforts have established a strong and sustainable foundation for this organization moving forward".
"Reassuring to me was the endorsement that people outside the Phillies gave to the progress we have made recently, both organisationally and on the field". The next Phillies manager will inherit a team of talented, dedicated and committed players. They finished eight games behind Milwaukee for the second wild card and 16 behind the first-place Braves in the NL East. The next three-plus weeks were the sign fans didn't want to see, as the Phillies fell to 6.5 games out of the race once leadoff man Andrew McCutchen went down with a season-ending knee injury.