Oct 9 '12

WHY NOT GABE KAPLER AS THE RED SOX NEXT MANAGER?

Every day I read in the papers or listen to sports radio and more and more names come up as potential candidates to be the next Red Sox manager.

While it seems clear that the Red Sox first choice is try pry John Farrell from Toronto, the one name that I haven’t heard mentioned for the job is Gabe Kapler.

Why do I like Gabe as a candidate? For one thing he is a former major leaguer with 13 years of playing experience including a stint with the Red Sox. Additionally, while he is still young (37 years old) he also has had not only the experience of playing overseas (Japan) but he also made an unusual move of actually stopping in the middle of his playing career to become the manager of the Red Sox Single A Affiliate Grenville Drive (2007) before going back to playing baseball the following year.

That being said, he is a young former major leaguer who already has had some managerial experience. He is familiar with Boston and the demands that come with being in this town and he should be able to relate very well with the players.

So while I don’t want the Sox to settle for a managerial “retread”, I also do not think that they can afford to hire a Manager that has no prior managing experience. After firing two different managers in the last two years, The Red Sox simply need to make sure that this next hire is the right choice otherwise another bad pick could end up putting the organization in a hole that will take them years to get out from under.

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