@THE LAST OF THE RED HOT REPPERS
; and MrMr
demeanor mocking the decision
) inquired on my wall to see what I thought of the GIANTS' bringing in Gabe Kapler as the new manager to replace CERTIFIED GENIUS HALL OF FAME MANAGER AND WISEST OSTENSIBLE WINO IN CALIFORNIA BRUCE BOCHY WHO I WISELY NEVER ONCE CRITICIZED BECAUSE HE WAS AND WILL FOREVER BE INFALLIBLE.
Honestly, the Kapler signing is illustrative of the era in which we find ourselves. The Major League Baseball Field Manager who calls all of the shots and enjoys a wide berth and leaves a sort of indelible signature demonstrative of autonomy is presently a fast-dying breed. Even the last of the "marquee celebrity managers" like Joe Maddon just so happens to someone with one foot in the new school of front office-engineered sabermetrics steering the good ship in sturdy, conservative fashion, and one foot in the old school of managerial hunches and personal theories. Humorously Maddon and the Chicago Cubs front office clashed in disruptive, deleterious fashion. Before long Maddon will be considered "too old-school" outside of the truly-desperate entities in Major League Baseball such as Dub
's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Disneyland, who are the one team responsible for possessing the talents of
and whose front office are at least cognizant of the reality that
will be a generationally-defining superstar player for only so long. This is where Michael Caine comes in and, after an early July 2020 confrontation between Arte Moreno, Billy Eppler and Maddon sends Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman to the mean tweets of MLB, delivers a long monologue about how Moreno and the Angels front office, in their desperation, turned to a man they did not understand.
Long story short: Kapler is the on-field proxy for the GIANTS' President of Baseball Operations FARHAN ZAIDI. Kapler will be allowed his position so long as he pleases Zaidi. You know who else is a proxy for Zaidi? New GIANTS General Manager Scott Harris. Admittedly, Harris is someone who is more than capable of carrying his own views to the proverbial table within the organization's inner sanctum. Harris is sharp as obsidian, and almost overqualified to be Zaidi's surrogate dealing with myriad quotidian General Manager duties on behalf of the GIANTS.
Kapler is a different story, but as underwhelming as the hiring is, said underwhelming quality is hardly unsuspected.
The GIANTS, after being the old-schooliest old school team out there in so many ways for so many years, with a grizzled, mumbling field manager who belonged in a 1950s Hollywood baseball comedy-drama, have embraced the new school. Kapler's hiring represents said hug. For good and ill. For richer or poorer.