Uncertainty surrounds Gabe Kapler's future with Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler waits to greet bullpen players after a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA - Nearly 2 weeks after a disappointing finish, the Philadelphia Phillies have fired manager Gabe Kapler.

Kapler spent two seasons with the team, going 161-163. He had one year left in his current contract, according to a news release from the Phillies.

"Several years ago, I promised our loyal fans that I would do everything in my power to bring a world championship team to our city." said John Middleton, Phillies managing partner. "...with the knowledge that I have gained from my evaluation, combined with my personal reflection on the 2019 season, I have decided that some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective."

The Phillies finished 81-81 after a season that fell well short of expectations.

“We came into 2019 with very high hopes," Kapler said in the news release. "We fell short of those, and that responsibility lies with me. The next Phillies manager will inherit a team of talented, dedicated and committed players. There has been nothing more fulfilling in my professional career than the opportunity to work with the players on this team. I will forever value the relationships I developed with them."

The team also announced pitching coach Chris Young will not return in that position in 2020, and hitting coach Charlie Manuel will resume his role as senior advisor to the general manager.