It is fair to say that the news and gossip surrounding the San Francisco Giants' leadership in recent weeks hasn't been great. Fans are upset with every decision-maker right now from ownership to president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi to manager Gabe Kapler for how poorly the 2023 season has gone and it is hard to blame them.
The smoke around Kapler's future in particular has been very prominent recently with many speculating that the would not be back next season. However, few expected the Giants to not wait until after the season, but that is exactly what they did as Gabe Kapler was dismissed by the team today ahead of their final regular season series against the Dodgers.
SF Giants fire manager Gabe Kapler
The Giants' decision to move on from Kapler is, again, not that surprising given all of the rumors that have been swirling. Someone was going to have to pay for the Giants' mediocrity this year and Kapler was an easy target. Many fans blame Kapler's overmanaging and overthinking for some Giants losses and he has certainly rubbed certain segments of the fanbase the wrong way.
However, the timing of the Giants decision is pretty strange here as there are only three games left in the season. The best guess is that all of the rumors ultimately caused one side or the other (although Kapler makes the most sense) to force the issue instead of having to endure the endless speculation from outside observers. There is also a chance that the Giants wanted to make the move quickly to pursue their top candidates before other teams were in the market for them.
With Kapler hitting the unemployment line, Zaidi and the rest of the front office doesn't have any other excuses to defend their record next year. They will be picking the manager again and if they fail to build a contending roster next season, Farhan may be joining Gabe in needing a new gig.