Giants: Manager Gabe Kapler’s history of accountability
New San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler wants to create a culture of accountability as the new skipper. But what does his recent history say about that mindset?
Much of the attention during Gabe Kapler’s introductory press conference as the new manager of the San Francisco Giants focused on his handling of a sexual assault incident during his time as the director of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015.
Those are not the only questions surrounding his future outlook with the Giants, though, after he managed the Philadelphia Phillies to a 161-163 record in two years at the helm.
From an on-the-field standpoint, the 44-year-old has emphasized that he wants to create a culture of accountability:
While it certainly sounds like a good place for Kapler to start, if recent history serves as any indication, he failed miserably at creating a culture of accountability in Philadelphia.
There are plenty of valid criticisms of Giants team president Farhan Zaidi’s choice to fill the managerial void, including his controversial handling of sexual assault allegations, his in-game managing, and even some odd personality traits like the way he eats ice cream.
Creating a culture of accountability is an interesting goal, and perhaps Kapler has a different definition in mind. His Phillies tenure is littered with instances of not holding himself or his players accountable, including the Fortnite incident, the Jean Segura incident, and the Cesar Hernandez incident.
If he can learn from his past mistakes, then great.
However, he is facing a steep uphill battle to prove himself to the San Francisco Giants fan base, especially in the realm of accountability.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the aforementioned previous incidents.