Giants manager Kapler extends contract after 107-win season

By Sports Desk November 12, 2021

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler signed a new contract, the MLB franchise announced on Friday.

The Giants rewarded Kapler with a deal through until 2024 after leading the team to a franchise-best 107-win season.

Kapler's two-year extension comes after completing his second season with a 107-55 record before losing to rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series (NLDS).

The 46-year-old guided the Giants to their first National League (NL) West title since 2012.

Kapler was hired as Giants manager in November 2019 on a three-year deal, replacing Bruce Bochy following his retirement.

"Gabe has done an extraordinary job in his role as field manager over the past two seasons, is a key contributor to our front office, and the Giants organisation takes great pride in his active engagement with the community," Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said in a statement.

"Coming off a season in which his work and leadership were instrumental to our success, it was a high priority for us to provide a level of stability and certainty to our continued partnership. We're thrilled about today's announcement."

He is 136-86 in his two seasons with the Giants, who surprisingly beat the Dodgers to the NL West crown in 2021.

Kapler, who also previously managed the Philadelphia Phillies and had a journeyman playing career, was delighted to ink the extension.

"There is nowhere I'd rather be, and I am excited to continue preparing with the entire organisation," he said.

Kapler is a National League (NL) Manager of the Year finalist alongside the Milwaukee Brewers' Craig Counsell and the St Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Shildt.

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