One of the bigger surprises when the Dodgers announced their official coaching staff Thursday was Gabe Kapler not being listed anywhere. He’s very popular in the front office by several accounts and was once seen as the obvious successor to Don Mattingly.
When Dave Roberts was hired, he answered questions about Gabe Kapler potentially being on his staff because most of the room at his press conference anticipated Kapler earning some type of role in the Dodgers’ major league clubhouse.
With the Dodgers maintaining such a deep farm system, though, one could argue Kapler would offer a larger impact on the franchise as a whole by keeping his old job.
He spoke to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal about just that.
“I spent a great deal of time examining this and having a number of discussions. I absolutely love working with our players and staff. We have a number of exciting initiatives that are in their early stages.
“Ultimately, I couldn’t walk away from what we have just started to build in player development. This is the right role for me to make the most powerful impact.”
It’s hard to argue the impact Kapler might have in the organization with names like Julio Urias, Jose de Leon and now Franke Montas heading up the pitching talent.
If we were to read between the lines, Kapler’s staying in the minor leagues could also signify how the Dodgers might prefer to develop their prospects versus shipping them out in a blockbuster deal.
Either way, though, Kapler managing the farm system has worked thus far, and his continuing to do so maintains continuity not only in terms of holdovers from the Mattingly administration but also in terms of ideology for the franchise as a whole.