The baseball world is buzzing with reports that Gabe Kapler is the front-runner for the new manager of the Dodgers. Who is Gabe Kapler? Well, I am not going to tell you: You can read Kaplifestyle. Writers put themselves into their writing, and even if they try not to, it just happens. As I write this post, I am trying to keep my excitement down. I am going to make a call. Gabe Kapler is going into the Hall of Fame, and he will be one of the greatest managers ever.
I know this sounds like some sort of advertisement, but it is just excitement. Now where did this excitement come from? It came from one day seeing him on Twitter and following the link to Kaplifestyle. I was not prepared to read what I read.
Honest Communication was the first post I read. Blown away is an understatement. Never before had I read someone who just cuts through the bullshit and gets to the point while still maintaining a sense of decency and compassion. Kap can be funny and honest, as in his post Whining and the Murder of Smoke Detectors. If you have ever had a smoke detector go off for no reason, Kap has a solution. It is one of the funniest things I have ever read.
I may be a fan, but I am no sheep, and you can’t be a sheep with Kap. He encourages everyone to find their own path and think for themselves. But future Dodgers may want to look out because there may be some crickets in the dugout. Better Dugout Snack. Sorry Kap, don’t care how much protein is in them, I am not going to eat crickets.
I will tell you what I will eat. Strawberries. Before Kaplifestyle, I was getting sick every month. I mean really sick. I needed antibiotics and steroids to become human. Yes, I was taking my vitamins, but then I read these posts and changed my life. Fighting Cold? Reach for Berries and Viral Myths: Drink Your Milk. Food is a better way to absorb your vitamins. Now, I no longer know my doctor’s phone number by heart, and it’s been a year since my last shot.
My second love and third child is baseball. It was always something so important to me. Baseball is Life: Rejection and Failure & Baseball is Life: Mindfulness. These are two of my favorite posts. They are about how Kap takes his baseball experiences and helps young ballplayers learn from his life. Mistakes and triumphs are equal parts to learning.
Nearly a year ago, Kap became the Dodgers’ director of player development, or as he calls it, human development. He got all the minor league teams to have at least one Spanish-speaking coach so that there would not be a failure in communication. And it brings up morale when you are able to communicate with your team and coaches.
During the Dodgers’ Winter Development Program, he worked the young players’ minds in the classroom instead of working their bodies. This prevented injuries and kept the focus on baseball instead of a showcase of ability. During the program, he even taught his young players about metrics so they could better understand what they are being measured by.
This is after just one year. What could Gabe Kapler do with a whole team? I can’t wait to find out.