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  • great article by Gabe Kapler

    I've always wondered about this subject.

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    39-year-old Kapler was hired by Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations. Kapler took the job hoping to make a positive impact on the lives of future Dodgers at the minor-league level.

    “Gabe has a tremendous mind, a thirst for knowledge and he’s a great leader of people,” Friedman told Mark Saxon of ESPNLA. “His passionate enthusiasm is something that I think is going to resonate throughout our entire minor league operations.”

    Kapler joined the Dodgers after serving as a baseball analyst for Fox Sports 1. He spent 12 years playing in the MLB as an outfielder, winning a World Series title with the Boston Red Sox in 2004. He played for the Tigers, Rangers, Rockies, Red Sox, Brewers and Rays.


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