Dodgers executive Gabe Kapler shares personal baseball journey – Los Angeles Times

Gabe Kapler would have loved to play for Israel in the World Baseball Classic. He has not played in the major leagues for seven years, but that would not have been a problem. Eric Gagne is playing for Canada, and he hasn’t played in the majors for nine years.

But Kapler has a full-time job, as the Dodgers’ director of player development. The Dodgers had minor league staffers to hire, spring training arrangements to make, inquiries from players to answer.

Kapler coached for Israel in its 2012 WBC qualifying round, the first time the country entered the tournament. He never had seen Israel, but he accepted an invitation to travel there with this year’s team, sharing the journey with his two teenage sons.

So, as the tour bus rolled along the roads of Israel last month, and everyone else took a nap or read a book or played a video game, Kapler did his job from half a world away, thanks to the wonders of Wi-Fi and text messaging.

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