The Phillies named Gabe Kapler as their next manager, the team announced Monday.
Kapler, who currently serves as director of player development for the Dodgers, was considered the leading candidate among Triple-A manager Dusty Walthan and former Red Sox manager John Farrell, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.
"I'm equal parts honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity to work with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich in history, tradition, sports excellence and with amazingly passionate fans," Kapler said in a statement. "I believe there is no better place to build a winning environment, and I take that very seriously."
Philadelphia fired Pete Mackanin at the end of the 2017 season after he went 174-238 in three seasons, including 66-96 in 2017.
Kapler, who coached Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic in 2012, has been involved in player nutrition and sabermetrics, according to Heyman. The 42-year-old Kapler hit .268 with 82 home runs and 386 RBIs for six teams in his 12-year playing career from 1998 to 2010.
The Phillies are the third team in the NL East to change managers this offseason. The Mets hired Mickey Callaway to replace Terry Collins, while the Nationals replaced Dusty Baker with Dave Martinez.