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|2018-04-05 20:00:00 (link to chat)||I was thinking the other day about how bad of a job Gabe Kapler has done in his brief managing audition, and I immediately wondered what manager in MLB history managed the fewest amount of games before being fired. Does Kapler have a chance at being the shortest tenured manager ever?|
(Mr. Fister from Arlington)
|I'm guessing no. Either George Steinbrenner or some old timey owner fired someone very quickly. (Mike Gianella)|
|2017-09-18 23:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Wilson, hope you are doing well. I'm wondering if you've noticed any on or off the field effects of teams such as the Dodgers (and I think a few more) that have focused on improving their players' life's? Ie. Better food options in the minors, providing better services for their players etc. So that the player can just focus on playing baseball and improving as a player.
(Andrew from SD)
|I am, thank you! I'm speaking entirely off the cuff with no evidence at all to back this up (this is always a good idea!), but I've wondered if some of the youth movement in the game over the last few years isn't tied at least in part to this. Teams are unquestionably devoting more time, energy, and capital to developing their players as people, accommodating transition and growth, and evolving into adults with guidance. Dodgers have definitely been at the forefront of this - some interesting stuff on this subject in this interview I did with Gabe Kapler last year: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=29055 (Wilson Karaman)|
|2015-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Other than installing Spanish speaking coaches at all levels of the minors, do you know any more about what Gabe Kapler is doing to for the Dodgers farm? Miss him on the site.|
(brentdaily from colorado)
|I think he's making sure they are fed properly. That's a big thing for Gabe and I'd be utterly shocked if that hasn't been a focus of his efforts. (Harry Pavlidis)|
|2014-11-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who would you put on your All-Time Jewish Baseball team?
(Chaim from Synagogue)
|This one was for... Gabe, I think. My All-Time Jewish Baseball team:
LF: Gabe Kapler
All the other positions: This guy: http://bit.ly/1xhLWEo (Sam Miller)
|2014-11-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)||If you need a 19 year old who loves scouting and player development to help in Los Angeles, here I am! Hit me up!|
(Leo from Can be anywhere at any time)
|Thanks! I don't, but I'll see if my friend Gabe Kapler does. (Sam Miller)|
|2014-07-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)||During your tenure at BP, What was your favorite article that you wrote? Favorite piece you edited?|
(Dylan from Boston)
|Probably some of the less serious ones. This, for instance: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19397. Or Internet Commenters Try to Trade for Giancarlo Stanton. I think about this one a lot: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15661. Wasn't the best, but was kind of a turning point, in terms of convincing me that it was okay to cut loose and have fun. My girlfriend gave me the idea, so I owe her for that.
Favorite edit is tough. I edited everything Sam wrote, and everything Sam wrote was great, but it was great when I got it. As an editor, it's always nice to feel like you made a difference in improving an article, and Sam selfishly robbed me of that joy by turning in such clean copy. Maybe Gabe Kapler's piece about "Giving Up the PED Guessing Game": http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21574. Gabe's raw copy wasn't difficult to work with either, but I encouraged him to write it and made a few useful suggestions, and it was a huge hit. Happy that BP played a part in introducing him to a larger audience. (Ben Lindbergh)
|2013-07-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Sam! Saw Gabe Kapler interacting with you (and Benjamin) on Twitter. Have any other players admitted to listening to the podcast? (Big fan btw)|
(The Wolf from Noggin)
|No, but we don't care about other players, because Gabe Kapler is our favorite baseball player. We occasionally find out that some scout is listening, or some writer/podcaster/colleague who we admire, and it sends us into a few days of self-conscious tizzy. It's better for all involved when we forget that anybody listens to us.
It really is flattering, though. We are fully aware that we haven't got nearly the knowledge to hang with a player's knowledge, but it's nice to think we are thought-provoking in our search for more knowledge. (Sam Miller)
|2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)||wher do you see sean rodriguez fitting in tampa?|
(mjk415 from elmhurst,ill)
|The Rays seem to be bursting at the seams with talent right now. Joe Maddon has some interesting options when it comes to where Ben Zobrist plays, and who that leaves in the mix. If Zobrist is a second baseman, Rodriguez and Reid Brignac probably compete for the final utility spot and the Matt Joyce/Gabe Kapler platoon goes off as planned. If Zobrist is a right fielder, Rodriguez has a shot at winning the second base job.
The fact that he can play the outfield as well as the other infield positions certainly works in his favor if he goes the utility route.
Oh, and an aside to a reader whom I'll leave unidentified: the surest way for me to ignore any question you ever ask in a chat until the end of time is to complain about the pace of things in my chat. I'm not Keith Law firing off two-syllable answers, though I'll gladly give you one: GET BENT. (Jay Jaffe)
|2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)||I find it almost shocking that the Rays may indeed find a way to fit Hank Blalock onto the Opening Day line-up. Does it mean that Wily Aybar is on the "outs" or the last days of Gabe Kapler are among us, with Zobrist, Rodriguez and Joyce alternating spots?|
(jlarsen from Chicago)
|It's weird that Hank Blalock is probably going to find a roster spot with the Rays. If they have one thing in spades I would have said it was roster flexibility. Why you need a first baseman likely to OBP around .300 is a mystery to me. (Tommy Bennett)|
|2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Can you name some players you have interviewed who seem to be well-read? I don't mean players who read, I mean players who have likely read and enjoyed Hemingway or Faulkner?|
(marmour from Corvallis OR)
|Fernando Perez is an obvious answer. Gabe Kapler, certainly. I'd have to think about it a little to really pull out a bunch of names, but not because there aren't a number of players who are well read. Many are. There are some smart guys out there and a lot of plane rides -- bus rides in the minors -- and they don't all read comic books. Craig Breslow. Kevin Slowey. As I type, I find myself wondering what Lastings Millege reads. He struck me as being thoughtful when I spoke to him last summer, so he may be into things far different than what his image conveys. (David Laurila)|
|2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Have two Jewish outfielders ever started a game for the same team, as Ryan Braun and Gabe Kapler have done recently for the Brewers? My Jewish friend in NYC thinks not, and advises the Brewers to bring Shaun Green out of retirement for the troika!|
(Mr. Know from in Chica-GO)
|I also noticed that when the Cubs were playing the Brewers, you had two guys wearing uniform #1 starting in right field. That has to be pretty unusual too. (Nate Silver)|
|2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||On the Jewish question -- there was an August 2006 game between the Red Sox and Tigers where Boston had Gabe Kapler and Adam Stern starting in the outfield.... and Kevin Youkilis (who's Jewish/Romanian and not actually Greek) starting in the infield. Alas, God apparently did not approve, and the game was rained out after four innings. |
(Member of (non-Cleveland) Tribe from Medford, MA)
|Just passing this on. (Nate Silver)|
|2008-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Will, I've got to ask about Prince Fielder, what gives? It can't really be because he isn't eating cheeseburgers, can it? It's just small sample size and his power will pick back up, correct?? |
(Otocinclus from NYC)
|One would think. No one seems concerned, including Prince. Even if his power is off slightly from last year's high, I don't think we can make much of it. I mean, Gabe Kapler has a wad of homers. Are we going to revisit the wild steroid rumors or say it's because he's taken to the beer and brats lifestyle of Wisconsin? (Will Carroll)|
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