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Former Rays outfielder Gabe Kapler fired as Phillies manager

Philadelphia failed to live up to the hype following an offseason spending spree highlighted by Bryce Harper’s arrival.
Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler walks to the dugout before a game against the Miami Marlin earlier this season in Philadelphia. The Phillies fired Kapler Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) [MATT SLOCUM | AP]
Published Oct. 10
Updated Oct. 11

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

Kapler, a former Rays outfielder, 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 nonlosing season since 2012.

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.

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

Kapler completed a 12-year career as an outfielder with the Rays in 2009-10. He at one time was thought to be a potential candidate for the Rays’ managing job.

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