When the Phillies were in their deliberation period about manager Gabe Kapler, the front office position was rather clear.  President Andy MacPhail and Matt Klentak wanted to keep their manager.  However, owner John Middleton wanted something different.  And to make sure he was stepping in to make the right call, he spoke to several players directly.  Of course, Kapler was let go.

So what should we make of this?

Perhaps Klentak and MacPhail have a preference for Buck Showalter.  There will be a certain level of comfort; MacPhail and Klentak have worked with Showalter before.  Is Middleton making sure that this would be the right call if that is who they choose?

It is somewhat interesting that Middleton is calling about Showalter and not the other two candidates, Joe Girardi and Dusty Baker.  Also interesting is that the calls are already taking place.  Both Showalter and Girardi had second interviews set and Baker just had a second interview this week.

At this point, maybe Middleton is anticipating a favorite candidate of the three after the initial round of interviews.  But there is one clear thing that is clear in all of this: This, like the managerial decision, will be Middleton's call.

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