Gabe Kapler (2008)
Gabe Kapler was recently named the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. He is the newest member of the former Milwaukee Brewers players in the managerial club.
Though he wasn’t with the Crew for a long time, he still has ties to the Milwaukee Brewers.
His Playing Career
Kapler played for a multitude of teams during his tenure as a Major League player. He started with the Detroit Tigers, who picked him in the 57th round of the 1995 MLB Draft, then he was with the Texas Rangers. He then spent time with the Colorado Rockies and the Boston Red Sox before he became a member of the Crew in 2008.
As a member of the Red Sox in 2004, he and his teammates were crowned World Series champions.
In 2005, he ruptured his Achilles tendon running the bases. Just over a year later, he announced his retirement from baseball.
He finished his career in Tampa Bay with the Rays from 2009-2010. The outfielder boasted a .268 career batting average. He posted one of his highest numbers as a member of the Brew Crew, with an average of .301 in 96 games played. He earned 69 hits in his 229 at bats for Milwaukee.
In his year off from baseball, between his tenures with the Red Sox and the Brewers, he was the manager of the Single A affiliate of the Sox. Because he missed the game, he returned and signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
When he retired for the second time from baseball, he started by coaching the Israeli national baseball team in 2013. He also worked in the media a little, appearing on Fox Sports Live and MLB Whiparound.
Finally, he was hired in 2018 as the Philadelphia Phillies 54th manager in team history. The Phillies are in the third slot in the NL East with a record of 32-26.