Gabe Kapler has been fired from his role as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury.
"What took so long?" seems to be a popular response among the Phillies fanbase on social media.
"Good!" is another common theme.
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We rounded up some visceral reactions alongside some actual analysis from experts below.
But first, let's check in with the Phillies' account:
Happy birthday, Cutch!
My personal fave, a gem if you will:
GABE IS A SCAPEGOAT FIRE KLENTAK AND MACPHAIL INSTEAD— Mike Meech (@meechone) October 10, 2019
I liked Gabe. If they bring in Showalter I will voice my displeasure online!— Joseph Murray (@PPDJoeMurray) October 10, 2019
In the end, I don't think Kapler was a bad manager. But I don't see a lot of positives to point to, either. A lot above him and below him were going wrong. It just might be, given where this team is right now, he's not the right guy for this particular job.— John Stolnis (@JohnStolnis) October 10, 2019
Part of me enjoyed Kapler as an odd character in my baseball life, Just maybe not as the manager of the team I watch every night.— Franzke & LA (@FranzkeLA) October 10, 2019
Gabe Kapler scapegoated for a general manager's incompetence.— Jack Fritz (@JackFritzWIP) October 10, 2019
Unless Gabe Kapler knew his fate 10 days ago, man is that rough on somebody to let them twist that long not knowing whether they're coming back.
Many complaints about how long Phillies took. At end of day tho, decision made before any top managerial candidates came off the board— Corey Seidman (@CSeidmanNBCS) October 10, 2019
Took waaaayyyy too long, but it's the correct move. At least the first correct move. We're all still waiting for the news that Matt Klentak is out. https://t.co/wTxtgKgAJO— Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) October 10, 2019
#Phillies expected to hire a new manager who has prior @MLB managerial experience, based on what I was told earlier this week. Andy MacPhail has connections to both Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 10, 2019
Phillies certainly were deliberative about the call. GM and most of front office seemed to support Kapler, and players may have too. The fan base was ready for a change however. @brookob and @JSalisburyNBCS 1st— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 10, 2019