Former SF Giants manager Gabe Kapler will find his way back into baseball sooner rather than later. Though, it could happen even sooner than we expected as he has already interviewed for the Boston Red Sox general manager position according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.
Former SF Giants manager interviews for Boston Red Sox GM opening
The Red Sox let go of general manager Chaim Bloom before the end of the 2023 season. His four-year stint was preceded by a four-year run from veteran front office executive Dave Dombrowski. Boston fired Dombrowski less than a year after winning a World Series.
The firings of both Dombrowksi and Bloom were unpopular within the industry. And, it appears that Bloom's sudden departure is making it tough for the Red Sox to recruit for the position. Chris Cotillo of MassLive.Com listed some of the candidates who have taken themselves out of the running.
That is a lot of experienced candidates, especially ones with a winning pedigree, who have turned down the opportunity. The Red Sox are one of the most historic organizations in baseball, so this should be an appealing job on the surface.
However, that just does not appear to be the case. When the Giants parted ways with Gabe Kapler, it concluded a six-year run as a major league manager. My thought at the time was that it would probably be a while before he returns to a dugout and that he is better suited for a front office role.
Before becoming a manager, the 48-year-old served as the director of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He remained in that role for three years before becoming the manager for the Philadelphia Phillies.
The fact that he received an interview so quickly after his Giants tenure ended is a sign of how he is still well-regarded throughout baseball. Plus, it does not hurt that Kapler played in parts of four seasons with the Red Sox, including the 2004 championship team.
The known list of candidates includes Craig Breslow, Neil Huntington, and Thad Levine among others. Kapler could become a general manager at some point, but this job feels like a bit of a stretch given that he has spent the past six seasons in the dugout.