As the 2015 Major League Baseball draws to a close, baseball devotees look forward to the Hot Stove League MLB’s second season. Two managerial openings have already been filled with Bud Black going to the Washington Nationals and sanguine Don Mattingly moving to the St coast to work for Jeff Lurie’s plaything, The Miami Marlins. Which leaves the recently vacated Los Angeles Dodgers helm to be filled
Numerous reports cite the much traveled (among other stops, the Red Sox)Gabe Kapler as the front runner to lead baseball’s most expensive lineup (joining the Detroit Tigers Brad Ausmus as one of two Jewish field managers.)
Kapler is colorful and baseball savvy and appears to have opinions on a wide swath of subjects (see his website here)
You can also check out Larry Ruttman’s seminal American Jews and America’s Game: A History of the Larger-Than-Life Role of Jews in America’s Pastime which has an entry on Kapler…
One of Kapler’s innovations (for baseball, anyway) was to focus on the dietary/nutritional regimen of the Dodgers ball players. Given his expansive world view
Kapler would be a welcome addition to MLB joining the Cubs skipper John Madden as colorful revisionists of the sport’s conventional wisdom.