Gabe Kapler confronts Philly radio host over ‘disrespectful’ column
Gabe Kapler on Wednesday morning confronted a Philly radio host over a critical column which the Philadelphia Phillies skipper deemed “disrespectful.”
The column in question was penned by 94.1 WIP host Angelo Cataldi in which general manager Matt Klentak is called out over the Phillies’ epic collapse down the stretch during which the team dropped 20 of its last 28 games.
Cataldi wrote in part in the piece: “How much more patient can he be with a general manager who has no record of success and who just oversaw a debacle reminiscent of 1964?”
Kapler, who makes a weekly appearance on Cataldi’s show, blasted the host for the column during Wednesday’s broadcast, defending the progress the Phillies made in his first season as manager while also hailing Klentak as well.
“Your article, it just wasn’t accurate. Had we made the playoffs this year in 2018, it would have been the fastest rebuild in modern baseball history,” Kapler said, as transcribed by Philly.com. “If we make the playoffs next year, it will tie the Houston Astros for the fastest rebuild.
“Did our performance the last 45 games of the season suck, Angelo? Yes, absolutely. You’re hearing me saying it sucked. I was sick over it every single night, and I will be until Opening Day 2019.
“We played meaningful games in September. Generating anger for the sake of anger means you end up flat out wrong like you did in that piece. And that isn’t what the Phillies need.”
Cataldi defended his column and his criticisms of Klentak, citing how the general manager has failed in his three years at the helm by pointing out Rhys Hoskins and Aaron Nola are the only true “building blocks” on the roster. He then questioned Kapler’s coaching acumen. The entire, tense and fiery debate last nearly 14 minutes.
Wow, just wow. Take a listen. This was an AMAZING exchange between @gabekapler and @AngeloCataldi !!https://t.co/q4gbPWTvpJ
— Ava Graham (@_avagraham) October 3, 2018
“Gabe, hope we can do it again next season,” Cataldi said at the conclusion. “I really enjoyed the exchange today. I think it’s two different sides of an issue.”
Given Wednesday’s testy appearance, the case can be made that would be both a great and a terrible idea.