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Gabe Kapler fired by Phillies after missing playoffs in both seasons as manager

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Gabe Kapler was fired by the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, nearly two weeks after the end of his second season as the team’s manager.
(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

The Phillies have fired Gabe Kapler, nearly two weeks after a disappointing finish to a season of big expectations.

Kapler was dismissed Thursday after going 161-163 in two seasons. Philadelphia failed to live up to the hype following an offseason spending spree highlighted by Bryce Harper’s arrival. The team went 81-81, its first non-losing season since 2012.

“I am indebted to Gabe for the steadfast effort, energy and enthusiasm that he brought to our club, and we are unquestionably a better team and organization as a result of his contributions,” Phillies managing partner John Middleton said in a statement.

The Phillies were only two games behind in the NL wild card standings after beating Atlanta on Sept. 18 but lost eight of the next nine, including a five-game sweep at Washington. They finished eight games behind Milwaukee for the second wild card and 16 behind the first-place Braves in the NL East.

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Last year, the Phillies had a one-game lead in the division on Aug. 11 before going 15-31 the rest of the way.


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