Latest Gabe Kapler News

Bryce Harper hits first homers, goes deep twice for Phillies

Mar. 21, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper showed off his mighty power a week before opening day. The slugger hit his first two Grapefruit League homers for the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, driving one completely out of the ballpark. "I feel good right now," Harper said. "The swing feels good. The timing...

Bryce Harper gets his 1st hit of spring training

Mar. 21, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

Bryce Harper got his first hit of spring training. Harper lined a 97-mph fastball to center in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against Detroit his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after a 0-for-9 start. Harper jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep the ball. It...

Harper gets 1st hit after 0-for-9 start in spring training

Mar. 20, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper finally got his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after a 0-for-9 start. The slugger lined a 97-mph fastball to center on a 2-1 pitch from Detroit Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game. He jokingly gestured...

MLB managers want limits, not bans, on clubhouse video games

Mar. 19, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Montoyo thought he would be taking a hard line against video games in his first year as Toronto Blue Jays manager. Before he could put his foot down on Fortnite, the players took it upon themselves to govern their gaming. "We're going to play less, I know that," Montoyo said....

Bryce Harper aims to deliver a World Series title in Philly

Mar. 19, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper came to Philadelphia to do the one thing he didn't accomplish in Washington: Win in October. The Phillies gave him one of the biggest contracts in baseball history to deliver. "I want to be on Broad Street and hold a (World Series) trophy over my head," Harper said...

Dodgers promote Brandon Gomes to VP and assistant GM

Mar. 17, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have promoted Brandon Gomes to vice president and assistant general manager, continuing the former major leaguer's climb up the front-office ranks. The 34-year-old former pitcher had been serving as director of player development since 2016. He joined the...

Harper returns after bruising ankle, still hitless in spring

Mar. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper hopes to change all those zeros soon. Naw, not the ones in his contract. Back in the lineup two days after being hit by a pitch in the ankle, the Phillies newcomer with the $330,000,000 deal was hitless Sunday, leaving him with a batting average of .000 in spring...

Injured Phils star Harper says no worries about opening day

Mar. 16, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A day after an errant fastball bruised his right ankle, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper said he had no concerns about being ready for opening day. "As of right now, no," Harper said Saturday. "If I felt that way then I'd probably tell you guys. I really don't." Philadelphia manager...

Phillies' Harper 'little sore,' sits out with bruised ankle

Mar. 16, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper sat out the Philadelphia Phillies' game against the Houston Astros on Saturday, saying he's "a little sore" one day after getting hit by a pitch and bruising his right ankle. Manager Gabe Kapler said he had no concerns about Harper being ready for opening day on March...

Phillies star Harper hit by pitch, exits with bruised foot

Mar. 15, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — New Phillies star Bryce Harper sustained a bruised right foot when he was hit by a pitch during a spring training game Friday, but manager Gabe Kapler said the team wasn't overly worried about the injury. Initial X-rays were negative, the club said. Harper then left the ballpark for...