Gabe Kapler ejected for first time in managerial career


Gabe Kapler received the first ejection of his managerial career in the fourth inning of Saturday's game against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

Kapler argued vehemently with home plate umpire Chris Guccione after Scott Kingery struck out. Kingery appeared to be hit by the pitch, but first base umpire Mike Everett ruled that he had swung at the pitch.

During the argument, Kapler pointed his finger at both umpires and kicked dirt in Guccione's direction after the ejection. Kapler could face discipline from MLB for that.

As blow ups go, it wasn't quite Larry Bowa quality, but it was notable considering how Kapler has kept his emotions in check during his season-and-a-half as Phillies manager. The crowd loved Kapler's emotional outburst and he left the field to a big ovation.

Kapler probably had some built up frustration. The Phillies entered the game with five straight losses and seven losses in their previous eight games. The offense had scored two or fewer runs in five of those losses.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device. 

More on the Phillies

Contact Us