Giancarlo Stanton diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and dental damage

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UPDATE: Joe Frisaro of MLB.com passes along word that Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage, and a facial laceration that required stitches. This isn’t unexpected, but it’s still a shame.

12:04 a.m. ET: Mike Fiers just wrote the following message to Giancarlo Stanton via Twitter:

11:58 p.m. ET: According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said that it “doesn’t look good” for Stanton to return this season. The baseball part is obviously secondary to his well being, but it would still be very unfortunate to see his season end this way.

11:19 p.m. ET: According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins announced that Stanton suffered a laceration on the left side of his face and was sent to a local hospital for a CT scan and X-rays.

10:02 p.m. ET: Scary news to pass along here, as Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was just hit in the face by a pitch from Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers in the top of the fifth inning. The National League home run leader was on the ground for several minutes before being put on a stretcher and carted off the field. You can watch the entire situation unfold here.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com have some details from the scene:

Very scary. We’ll pass along more updates when they are made available. Get well, Giancarlo.

UPDATE: It was ruled that Stanton swung at the pitch that hit him, so his replacement, Reed Johnson came up to the plate and was hit on the hand on the hand when he swung on the very first pitch from Fiers. Casey McGehee, who was in the on-deck circle, was apparently frustrated that the pitches were ruled as strikes and let home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg hear it. This somehow led to both benches clearing and some jawing between the teams. It was a bizarre scene. Fortunately, order was quickly restored and McGehee and Marlins manager Mike Redmond were tossed from the ballgame. Why Fiers is still in this game is beyond me. He’s clearly (and understandably) shaken up. Wake up, Ron Roenicke.

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as new manager

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The Giants announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager. Kapler, filling the extremely large shoes of future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, inked a three-year deal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kapler was one of three finalists for the job, beating out Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quataro.

Following his 12-year playing career, Kapler was a coach for Israel’s team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier. He then became an analyst for FS1 before joining the Dodgers’ front office as the director of player development in November 2014. He was involved in three scandals there: one in which he tried to handle a sexual assault incident involving two Dodgers minor league players without telling police, one in which he allegedly discriminated against Nick Francona, a veteran and former baseball operations employee, and an incident that implicated most of the Dodgers’ front office concerning the recruiting of international free agents. The Dodgers reportedly kept a spreadsheet of employees and their level of criminality.

Despite Kapler’s background, the Phillies hired him as their manager ahead of the 2018 season. He would lead the Phillies to an 80-82 record that year and then helped them improve by one game in 2019, finishing at exactly .500 before being fired. Kapler’s tenure in Philly was tumultuous, often drawing ire from the local media and subsequently the fan base for not being tough enough on his players. The Phillies also reportedly had a clubhouse issue in 2018 in which players were playing video games in the clubhouse during games, prompting Carlos Santana to smash a TV with a bat.

Kapler has a history with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. They worked together in the Dodgers’ front office as Zaidi served as GM from November 2014-18.