After searching for at least a month, the Philadelphia Phillies have found their new manager in Gabe Kapler.
"I'm equal parts honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich in history, tradition, sports excellence and with amazingly passionate fans," Kapler said in a statement. "I believe there is no better place to build a winning environment, and I take that task very seriously."
Kapler most recently served as the director of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kapler beat out John Farrell, who was fired by the Boston Red Sox this month, and Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan for the job.
Kapler batted .268 with 82 homers and 386 RBIs over 12 seasons with six teams between 1998-2010. He had no previous ties to the Phillies.
"Gabe has a track record of leadership, winning, progressive thinking and working with young players, and we fully believe that he is the right person to guide this organization into the future," Matt Klentak said.