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Episode #62: June 1, 2020
This week's guest is San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, who replaced future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy following the 2019 season after a two-year stint as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler spent 12 seasons as an outfielder with the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and three other teams, helping the Red Sox break their historic 86-year World Series drought with a championship in 2004. In addition to running his health and fitness blog at Kaplifestyle.com, Kapler also served as the Los Angeles Dodgers' Director of Player Development (2014-16) and a special assignment scout for the Tampa Bay Rays (2011-13). He has worked as a TV analyst for Fox Sports and coached for Team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
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What's Rob reading this week?
Baseball’s Western Front: The Pacific Coast League During World War II
By Donald R. Wells
The Pacific Coast League had emerged from the Depression of the 1930s in fairly good condition. There were four new ballparks: Seals Stadium in San Francisco in 1931, Lane Field in San Diego in 1936, Sick’s Stadium in Seattle in 1938 and Gilmore Field in Hollywood in 1939. But after the attack on Pearl Harbor, there was some doubt that baseball would be allowed to operate during the war. This work focuses on the 1942 to 1945 seasons offering final standings and details associated with the ballparks as well as the players.
- Also reading: The Index of Self-Destructive Acts, by Christopher Beha
- Read more: Click here to check out Rob's full list of book recommendations on Goodreads.com
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