"Gabe, I'm a New Yorker. I don't think anybody can be that positive," Andy MacPhail said.
For everything he has done, the Phillies owe it to Hoskins to find a way this offseason to return him to his natural position.
"I'm not at all worried about Kap's work ethic or his willingness to adjust and lead this group going forward," the general manager added.
It is plausible to imagine Santana starting next season at third base as the Phillies make a push for Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins struggles in left.
The Phillies scored three times in the seventh inning, which was enough to ensure they will not be the first team NL team since 1937 to end the season with a double-digit losing streak.
The Phils began their winless eight-game road trip with a four-game sweep by the Braves. They have lost 15 of their last 19 games.
Three more games and then the real challenge begins. The Phillies, for the first time since they signed Jim Thome, will enter an offseason with the feeling that they must sign a superstar free-agent.
The Phillies manager sent anonymous surveys to his coaching staff and team personnel this week to elicit their feedback on his performance this season.
The Phillies will have to win three of their final four games to avoid a losing season before the final rings on Sunday. The Phillies are running out of time to show some fight.
The Phillies spent their final roadtrip of the year conducting exit interviews, assessing what went wrong.
It would have been hard to believe seven weeks ago that Gabe Kapler's job security would need to be confirmed before the end of the season. But that is how epic the team's season-ending collapse has been.
The Phillies (78-79) dropped under .500 for the first time since April 9.
"People have a hard time with it. They want me to be that character. It's hard. It's not who I am. "
If the Phillies add a free-agent outfielder - such as Bryce Harper - then moving Rhys Hoskins to first base and Carlos Santana to third could be a move to make it all work.
Matt Breen covers the Phillies and other sports.