At the beginning of the Dodgers’ search for a manager, Gabe Kapler was seen as the odds-on favorite to win the job. We know the story, though, in how Dave Roberts swept in and answered every question perfectly so now here we are.
Andrew Friedman, when asked about those rumors, would not directly answer the question, but didn’t necessarily say that wasn’t the case.
Friedman wouldn’t exactly speak to rumors that Kapler was the leader early on and something went wrong for Kapler. Roberts just impressed.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) December 1, 2015
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We got this minor update yesterday on Kapler’s place either in the dugout as a coach or within the organization:
Roberts and the front office are still talking about Kapler’s potential spot on the coaching staff. — Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) December 1, 2015
On Gabe Kapler: “He definitely will be (involved with the organization).” — Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) December 1, 2015
So, it sounds like, despite filling the job most pegged for Kapler (bench coach), the Dodgers will at least want Kapler around in his previous propensity — heading up the farm system. Given how much young talent the Dodgers have in that minor league system, Kapler’s job cannot be overlooked. Roberts’ staff is coming together nicely, with or without Kapler a dugout and clubhouse presence.