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Gabe Kapler

Gabe Kapler

Gabe Kapler

MLB (retired)
Full Name Gabriel Stefan Kapler
Date of Birth 07/31/1975
BirthplaceHollywood, CA
Religion Jewish
Height 6'2
Weight 205
Bats/Throws R/R
College Moorpark Comm. College; Cal-State Full.
Drafted Tigers
MLB Debut 09/20/1998
Final MLB Game: 08/14/2010

2009 highlights

  • Hit .444 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in June
  • Batted .276 with 8 home runs, 30 RBIs and a .552 slugging percentage against lefties; hit just .150 with no homers, 2 RBIs and a .167 slugging percentage against righties
  • One of five AL players with at least 2 pinch-hit home runs, including a game-winner on June 12

Career highlights (as of 2009)

  • Selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 57th round of the 1995 draft (1,488th overall)
  • Set a Southern League (Double-A) record with 146 RBIs in 1998, the highest number in any year from 1972 to 2012
  • Went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in MLB debut with the Detroit Tigers (1998)
  • Hits best when batting cleanup: in 86 career at-bats, has 6 home runs, 25 RBIs, .360 batting average, .434 on-base percentage and .628 slugging percentage
  • Kapler is a lifetime .301 pinch hitter
  • Had a 28-game hitting streak in 2000
  • Bats well against Jewish pitcher Scott Schoeneweis, with 2 home runs and six hits overall in 17 at-bats


MLB career bests, by statistic

  • AVG: .302 (2000)
  • 2B: 32 (2000)
  • HR: 18 (1999)
  • RBI: 72 (2001)
  • BB: 61 (2001)
  • SB: 23 (2001)
  • OBP: .360 (2000)
  • SLG: .498 (2008)
  • At bats per home run: 25.6 (2009)


On being Jewish

  • Kapler’s 2009 salary was $1,000,018. The number “18” has special significance in Judaism. It is the numeric value of “chai,” the Hebrew word for Life.
  • Has a Star of David tattooed on one leg and the phrase “Never Again” on the other (Boston Globe; Aug. 15, 2004)
  • On Aug. 8, 2005, Youkilis and two other Jews then with the Boston Red Sox – Gabe Kapler and Adam Stern – all took the field during the ninth inning. It was the most Jewish players on the field at once since the New York Giants put four in the lineup once in 1941. (Jewish Tribune, Ontario, Can.; Sept. 29, 2005)
  • Kapler, on deciding whether to play on Yom Kippur: “I have mixed emotions. Nobody is more proud of their heritage than I am and nobody is more proud of being Jewish than I am. It’s something I have to mull over.” (; Sept. 26, 2001)
  • Kapler, on his decision to play during the Jewish holidays in 2000 but remain open-minded about future years: “I have a relationship with God, but it’s my own relationship and the way I choose to practice my beliefs. I’m skeptical when it comes to organized religion. I feel like there’s a lot of brainwashing that goes into it.” (; Sept. 26, 2001)
  • Kapler “grew up with a Christmas tree in his Los Angeles home. His level of religious observance changed significantly after his mother began working at a Jewish preschool. ‘We started practicing a little more and attended a Conservative synagogue,’ said Kapler, who had a Bar Mitzvah. ‘I feel really proud of my heritage and my bloodlines.’” (Boston Jewish Advocate; July 31, 2003)
  • “On the back of his left leg, he has a Star of David tattoo that reads, ‘Strong Minded.’ On the other leg there are two dates: the start and end of the Holocaust.”(Boston Jewish Advocate; July 31, 2003)
  • Although his wife, Lisa, is Catholic, (Kapler’s) two children will know the history of Judaism. ‘They both go to the preschool that my mom teaches at. They will definitely know where they came from and will be proud of their Jewish roots.”(Boston Jewish Advocate; July 31, 2003)

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MLB stats

1998Detroit Tigers7253501001040000020.2000.2310.2800
1999Detroit Tigers1304166010222418494207424407115.2450.3150.4470
2000Texas Rangers1164445913432114664225702301284.3020.3600.4730
2001Texas Rangers13448377129291177261270327010236.2670.3480.4370
2002Texas Rangers72196255112101780300730352.2600.2850.3320
2002Colorado Rockies4011912374321780231000262.3110.3590.4450
2002Season Total11231537881642341605317305114.2790.3130.3750
2003Boston Red Sox681582946111423140230000542.2910.3490.4490
2003Colorado Rockies39671015200481180000320.2240.3070.2540
2003Season Total1072253961131427221410000862.2710.3360.3910
2004Boston Red Sox1362905179141633150492120554.2720.3110.3900
2005Boston Red Sox36971524701930152110110.2470.2820.3510
2006Boston Red Sox72130213370212140153000511.2540.3400.3540
2008Milwaukee Brewers962293669172838130391110331.3010.3400.4980
2009Tampa Bay Rays992052649151832291390130952.2390.3290.4390
2010Tampa Bay Rays59124192640214110243110311.2100.2880.2900
Career Total11042983443799176168238626964801720250687730.2680.3290.4200
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