- Gabe Gross
Infobox MLB player
team=Tampa Bay Rays
birthdate=birth date and age|1979|10|21
debutteam=Toronto Blue Jays
statyear=July 23, 2008
stat3label=Runs batted in
Toronto Blue Jays(by|2004-by|2005)
Tampa Bay Rays(by|2008-present)
Gabriel Jordan "Gabe" Gross (born
October 21, 1979in Baltimore, Maryland) is a Major League Baseball outfielderfor the Tampa Bay Rays. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. His father, Lee Gross, was center for the Auburn Tigers and in the NFL. Brother, Bo Gross, played football for Texas Christian University.
Played football and baseball at Northview High School in Dothan, AL. Formerly a starting
quarterbackfor the Auburn football team, Gross was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jaysin the first round (15th overall) of the by|2001 amateur entry draft. Promoted from Triple-A Syracuse on August 7, by|2004, he saw limited duty against left-handed pitching.
Gross has excellent power, and though he is a big man, possesses good speed. In September 2004, he belted his first major league
home runoff the Oakland A's Justin Duchscherer. His outfieldrange is very good, and he has a strong arm. In 38 games, he collected 73 putouts with five assists and one double playin 78 total chances, for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
December 7, by|2005, Gross was traded by the Blue Jays to the Milwaukee Brewers, along with pitchers Dave Bushand Zach Jackson, in exchange for first baseman Lyle Overbayand pitching prospect Ty Taubenheim.
Gross made his debut with the Brewers on
April 4, by|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 Kaplerin center field in by|2008. [ [http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-30-rogers-britedec30,1,7703460.column Topic Galleries - chicagotribune.com ] ] With a focus on defense, Yost indicated in March that Gwynn and Kapler might have a leg up on Gross. [ [http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=725016 JS Online: Shift on in center field ] ]
Gross was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on
April 22, 2008, for pitching prospect Josh Butler. [ [http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080422&content_id=2569104&vkey=news_tb&fext=.jsp&c_id=tb The Official Site of The Tampa Bay Rays: News: Rays acquire Gross from Brewers ] ]
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* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/grossga01.shtml Baseball Reference (statistics)]
* [http://www.gerrymcdonald.ca/gross.html Blue Jays farm report]
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