John Middleton first started thinking about firing Gabe Kapler in July. So clearly there was more to the move than just two September collapses. Leadership was split on firing, but remains unified in commitment to analytics. From Friday's news conf.:
It's official. Gabe Kapler is out as Phillies Manager. We will be live on NBC Sports Philadelphia and right now to break it all down.
I am hearing that the Gabe Kapler drama will conclude today and there will be an announcement today.
Gabe Kapler had never been ejected as a manager until this week. He has now been ejected twice.
Gabe Kapler is FIRED UP and is ejected from the game for the first time in his managerial career. He receives a standing ovation from the crowd as he walks off the field.