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Phillies GM says Gabe Kapler is here to stay | Sporting News

Despite the Phillies’ recent struggles, team general manager Matt Klentak said the coaching staff will remain the same for the rest of the season.

Specifically, Klentak was asked about manager Gabe Kapler as the team enters Monday night on a seven-game losing streak.

“My view right now is that the wrong thing to do is to point a finger at any one person and say you are the reason this is happening,” Klentak told reporters, via The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I do not believe that.”

When asked directly if there are plans to keep Kapler for the rest of the season, Klentak responded: “Yes, sir. Gabe Kapler is our manager and our staff is our staff.

“I’ve been part of teams that have made in-season staff changes, so I understand how that can happen. But right now, I do not think that is the right way for us to go.”

Kapler was hired in October 2017 and currently has three years left on his contract. As of Monday, the team sits in second place in the NL East with a 38-39 record, 6 1/2 games behind the Braves.

However, the Phillies are one out from a wild-card spot in the playoffs.

“Nobody works harder, nobody communicates better, and he continues to make adjustments and get better,” Klentak said of Kapler’s performance.

Klentak’s comments come after the team had consecutive sweeps by division rivals Washington and Miami.

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