Gross with the Tampa Bay Rays.
|Born: October 21, 1979|
|August 7, 2004, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 2010, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Runs batted in||186|
Gross played football, basketball, and baseball at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama. Formerly a starting quarterback for the Auburn football team, and an outfielder for the Auburn baseball 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.
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. With a focus on defense, manager Ned Yost indicated in March that Gwynn and Kapler might have a leg up on Gross.
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. Gross signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Seattle Mariners on February 5, 2011. 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.
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