The San Francisco fired manager Gabe Kapler with three days still to go in the season as the team was eliminated from the playoffs for a second straight year. The Giants were in the chase for the playoffs earlier this but squandered crucial games and opportunities. Farhan Zaidi, the president of the baseball operation of the Giants, felt that Gabe Kapler had to move on finally. He said that the team played its worst baseball just when it was necessary to be at their best.
Zaidi communicated his decision to the owners while also taking responsibility for his part in the team’s debacle. His future with the team also remains uncertain with a year to go for his contract. Gabe Kapler was out of Oracle Park by Friday midafternoon. When contacted by text, he made no mention of his stint at the San Francisco Giants.
Gabe Kapler Managed A Record 107 Wins In 2021 For The Giants
Zaidi said that playing the way the Giants did on the last stretch while they still controlled their destiny was hard on everybody, the fans, the players, and the organization. That prompted their decision to let Gabe Kapler go. The Giants were 78-81 as they eased into the season-end series against LA Dodgers, the National League West champs. Austin Slater admitted that it was bound to happen as the Giants lost games. The outfielder admitted that the team severely underperformed for the last two months. He said it was due to several reasons.
Gabe Kapler, 48, has a 295-248 game record over 4 seasons with the San Francisco team. But he has only one winning year in 2021 when the Giants won 107 games, a record for the franchise, ultimately winning the National League West title. Their record is one more than the 106-game win record held by the Dodgers. The San Francisco Giants will now have to get a replacement for Gabe Kapler before the free agency starts. Zaidi has spoken of an internal replacement.