Gabe Gross

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Gabe Gross
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Tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Outfielder
Born: (1979-10-21) October 21, 1979 (age 34)
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 7, 2004 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2010 for the Oakland Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .239
Home runs 40
Runs batted in 186
Teams

Gabriel Jordan "Gabe" Gross (born October 21, 1979) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

His father, Lee Gross, was center for the Auburn Tigers and in the NFL. His brother, Bo Gross, played football for Texas Christian University.

Baseball career[edit]

Gross played football, basketball, and baseball at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama. Formerly a starting quarterback for the Auburn football team, Gross was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (15th overall) of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. Promoted from Triple-A Syracuse on August 7, 2004, he saw limited duty against left-handed pitching.

In September 2004, he belted his first major league home run off the Oakland A's Justin Duchscherer. His outfield range is very good, and he has a strong arm. In 38 games, he collected 73 putouts with five assists and one double play in 78 total chances, for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

On December 7, 2005, Gross was traded by the Blue Jays to the Milwaukee Brewers, along with pitchers Dave Bush and Zach Jackson, in exchange for first baseman Lyle Overbay and pitching prospect Ty Taubenheim.

Gross made his debut with the Brewers on April 4, 2006, and hit a pinch-hit home run to give the Brewers a victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

At the beginning of the 2006 season with the Brewers, he obtained the nickname "the Southern Gentleman" for his politeness and well-mannered attitude both on and off the field.

The plan was to have him share time with Tony Gwynn, Jr. and Gabe Kapler in center field in 2008 while Mike Cameron served his 25 game suspension.[1] With a focus on defense, Yost indicated in March that Gwynn and Kapler might have a leg up on Gross.[2]

Gross was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on April 22, 2008, for pitching prospect Josh Butler.[3]

Gross finished the 2008 season batting .243, with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs.

On December 12, 2009, Gross was non-tendered by the Rays. On February 1, 2010, Gross signed with Oakland Athletics to a one year contract.[4] Gross signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Seattle Mariners on February 5, 2011.[5] He was released on March 26. On April 23, he signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins.

Gross retired on April 26, 2011.[6]

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