Phillies Add Kapler, Nevin to Managerial Mix
We now know that the Phillies are trying to keep their managerial search quiet, but yet, two more names have leaked as the Phillies conduct interviews. These two names join one who was already in circulation.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that in addition to Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, former MLB players Gabe Kapler and Phil Nevin have joined the mix.
Sources told MLB.com that Giants third base coach Phil Nevin interviewed. It is believed that Dodgers player development director Gabe Kapler and Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway either interviewed or are scheduled to interview.
Both Kapler and Nevin are seen as managerial prospects.
Nevin, who was best known for his time in San DIego, where he was the first overall pick in the 1992 MLB draft, Nevin managed at two levels in the Detroit Tigers system and managed the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks for three seasons before joining the San Francisco Giants as third base coach in 2017.
Kapler is a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers front office, working as a special assistant to vice president Andrew Friedman. Kapler was given strong consideration for the most recent Dodgers managerial opening, a position that ultimately went to Dave Roberts. As Zolecki notes, Kapler is known for knowledge of analytics and fitness.
The Phillies are competing with two other teams in the National League East now, as the Washington Nationals declined to offer manager Dusty Baker a new contract. The New York Mets are reportedly in on Calaway, but reports consider hitting coach Kevin Long and former Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta the frontrunners.