Giants Hire Gabe Kapler as Manager

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Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants announced the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager on Tuesday. He replaces Bruce Bochy, who retired in 2019 after 13 seasons in San Francisco.

Kapler joins the Giants after two seasons as the Phillies' manager. Philadelphia failed to reach the playoffs in either season under Kapler, going a combined 161–163 in the last two years. The Phillies lost nine of their last 12 to close 2019 en route to a fourth-place finish in the NL East.

The former Phillies manager has some big shoes to fill in the Bay Area. Bochy won 1,052 games in San Francisco, and he delivered a trio of championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He has the second-most wins of any Giants manager, trailing only Hall of Famer John McGraw. 

San Francisco has failed to make the playoffs in four of the last five years after winning the World Series in 2014. The Giants finished third in the NL West in 2019 at 77–85.