Friedman: Gabe Kapler ‘definitely’ will remain in Dodgers organization
Gabe Kapler fell just short of being hired as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ next manger, but president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman doesn’t expect that to affect his role in the Dodgers organization.
Kapler, who was considered the frontrunner to fill the Dodgers’ managerial void, was the runner-up to Dave Roberts, who will take over as the team’s 10th manager since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.
While Kapler undoubtedly strived to land the position, Friedman stated with certainty that the former major-league outfielder, who served as the Dodgers’ director of player development last season, will continue working in the Dodgers organization.
"He definitely will be," Friedman said of Kapler when asked at Roberts’ introductory press conference on Tuesday whether or not Kapler would remain in the organization.
Friedman didn’t comment on what role Kapler would have in the organization, whether it would be in his same player development position or potentially on the major-league coaching staff.
"We’ve been focused on [the managerial search, so we] haven’t gotten in to, but obviously he had a great impact last year in his role and [I] definitely assume that he’ll continue to impact the Dodgers going forward," Friedman said.
After the press conference, beat reporters followed up on the topic with Friedman.
Friedman said Gabe Kapler will stay with #Dodgers in some capacity. Maybe as farm director. Also being considered for MLB coaching staff
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Now that the Dodgers have hired a new manager, Friedman says he hopes to assemble a coaching staff around Roberts before next week’s Winter Meetings.
Friedman said he hopes to have a coaching staff in place by next week.
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