San Francisco Giants hire new manager, Gabe Kapler

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The San Francisco Giants have selected Gabe Kapler as their next manager.

Kapler was among three finalists for the job, beating out Astros’ bench Joe Espada and Rays’ bench coach Matt Quataro.

Kapler comes from the Philadelphia Phillies where he was fired just one month ago on Oct. 10 after spending two seasons with the team.

The former Phillies manager will replace Bruce Bochy.

Bochy recently retired at the end of the season following 13 years with San Francisco.

Kapler and Giants’ President of Baseball Operations, Farhan Zaidi were former colleagues while working with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

“Our top priority in the next manager was to find someone who can build strong relationships with our players, coaches, front office and fans, and someone who has the drive and desire to win,” Zaidi said.

Kapler was a 57th-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers in the 1995 MLB draft. The former outfielder played 12 seasons in the major league.

The new manager signed a three-year deal with San Francisco.

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