Steve Garvey: Kapler Needs To Be A Little Patient
The Phillies have a 35-31 record heading into action on Friday Night; they are Four Games back in the NL East and 2.5 Games back in the NL Wild Card standings. Gabe Kapler's first season as Manager has been a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows as the 2018 Phillies are 28th in Major League Baseball in Fielding Percentage (.979) and 26th in Team Batting Average (.269). The positive is that the Phillies Pitching Staff has the Second Fewest Home Runs Allowed in MLB (58) along with Seventh Best Strikeouts Per Nine Innings (9.17) and 12th in Team ERA (3.76).
1974 NL MVP and 2-Time NLCS MVP Steve Garvey joined The Sports Bash on Friday discussing his perspective on Gabe Kapler:
"Gabe was head of (Dodgers) Player Development in Los Angeles and brought a holistic approach to off the field and on as far as diet for the players and just water in the coolers, how they trained, and just this approach of a new millennial way to defense the game. You can see where (Jake) Arietta, these pitchers they don’t like a lot of change - I think the biggest thing is as Gabe goes through the season he’s going to have ups and downs, but the team’s basically been playing better. I watched him in Los Angeles, he needs to be a little patient and try certain things and don’t force them onto players and fans. He’s an explainer too, he’ll tell you why he’s doing this and the numbers dictate that."
Hear what Garvey had to say about the state of Baseball in 2018, MLB Hitters' "Launch Angles", and more