Gabe Kapler was fired by the San Francisco Giants on Friday.
While the Giants are searching for a new manager, many teams will jump at the chance to sign the experienced and successful coach they let go after struggling with a lackluster team in San Francisco.
Who should pick up Kapler while he's available?
No. 3 team that should hire Gabe Kapler: Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates extended Derek Shelton in April, but since then he has been a terrible manager making bad moves constantly.
Shelton’s first season with the Pirates was in 2020. In the 60-game season, the Pirates only won 19 and lost 41. In the next two seasons after that, they lost over 100 games a season. Despite his failure, they got off to a hot start in 2023 and decided the best thing to do was to give the manager a contract extension.
The Pirates started the season 15-7. To reward the good record, Pittsburgh reached an agreement on an extension past the 2024 season. It’s unknown the full terms of the contract, but with a record of exactly .400 and a roster that should be nearing contention, they need to move on from Shelton.
They need a leader for the future, and that fits Gabe Kapler perfectly. After leading the 2021 Giants to a 107-55 record, he never got a shot in the postseason. But the Pirates are pretty much done rebuilding, and a contender needs a good coach, which is exactly what Kapler is.
The main problem with the Pirates is they don’t want to spend money, and Kapler wants to be on a perennial playoff team that he can lead to a World Series. But if not many teams are interested in him, the Pirates could be a good landing spot