Giants hire Gabe Kapler as manager to replace Bruce Bochy

Tue Nov 12 10:40pm ET
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer

Players: Madison Bumgarner, Bryce Harper

In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler reacts after Brad Miller was ejected by umpire Alan Porter after striking out looking in the sixth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheaderagainst the Washington Nationals, in Washington. The Phillies fired Kapler Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)


In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler watches the team play the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit. Kapler is new manager of the San Francisco Giants, replacing Bruce Bochy, who retired when the season ended. The Giants made the announcement late Tuesday, Nov. 12, and planned a formal introduction to follow. The 44-year-old Kapler was fired Oct. 10 after two seasons in Philadelphia and a 161-163 record. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Gabe Kapler has been hired as manager of the San Francisco Giants, a month after being fired from the same job by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Kapler replaces Bruce Bochy, who retired at the end of the season following 13 years and three championships with San Francisco.

The Giants made the announcement late Tuesday and planned a formal introduction to follow. Kapler is the second big hire in a matter of days by Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi, who on Monday introduced new general manager Scott Harris, most recently an assistant GM for the Chicago Cubs.

The 44-year-old Kapler was fired Oct. 10 after going 161-163 over two seasons as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. With slugger Bryce Harper their blockbuster acquisition, the Phillies finished 81-81 this year for their first non-losing season since 2012.

Zaidi and Kapler are now reunited from their time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where Kapler served as director of player development.

Last week, the Giants narrowed their managerial search to three finalists: Kapler, Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro.

Bochy announced in February at spring training that he would retire after the season. He managed the Giants to World Series championships in 2010, `12 and `14. San Francisco went 77-85 in his final year.

The club could look quite different heading into 2020 with lefty ace and 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner among baseball's top free agents.

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