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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
12 3314 .268 .329 .420 .255 5.5
Birth Date7-31-1975
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1998 DET 22 7 26 25 3 5 0 1 0 7 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .200 .231 .280 .185 -1.0 -0.1 -0.1
1999 DET 23 130 468 416 60 102 22 4 18 186 42 74 2 4 4 49 11 5 .245 .315 .447 .256 13.2 -3.6 0.9
2000 TEX 24 116 491 444 59 134 32 1 14 210 42 57 0 3 2 66 8 4 .302 .360 .473 .271 21.4 2.2 2.2
2001 TEX 25 134 556 483 77 129 29 1 17 211 61 70 3 7 2 72 23 6 .267 .348 .437 .268 20.2 -4.9 1.5
2002 COL 26 40 128 119 12 37 4 3 2 53 8 23 1 0 0 17 6 2 .311 .359 .445 .249 -1.2 0.5 -0.1
2002 TEX 26 72 214 196 25 51 12 1 0 65 8 30 0 3 7 17 5 2 .260 .285 .332 .231 0.1 1.9 0.2
2003 BOS 27 68 172 158 29 46 11 1 4 71 14 23 0 0 0 23 4 2 .291 .349 .449 .259 1.3 -2.0 -0.1
2003 COL 27 39 75 67 10 15 2 0 0 17 8 18 0 0 0 4 2 0 .224 .307 .254 .188 -3.9 0.2 -0.4
2004 BOS 28 136 310 290 51 79 14 1 6 113 15 49 2 2 1 33 5 4 .272 .311 .390 .231 -3.5 3.4 -0.0
2005 BOS 29 36 104 97 15 24 7 0 1 34 3 15 2 1 1 9 1 0 .247 .282 .351 .253 1.9 1.3 0.3
2006 BOS 30 72 147 130 21 33 7 0 2 46 14 15 3 0 0 12 1 1 .254 .340 .354 .259 3.0 0.4 0.3
2008 MIL 32 96 245 229 36 69 17 2 8 114 13 39 1 1 1 38 3 1 .301 .340 .498 .291 13.6 -0.6 1.3
2009 TBA 33 99 238 205 26 49 15 1 8 90 29 39 0 3 1 32 5 2 .239 .329 .439 .255 -0.2 1.2 0.1
2010 TBA 34 59 140 124 19 26 4 0 2 36 11 24 3 1 1 14 1 1 .210 .288 .290 .218 -5.9 -1.5 -0.8
Career110433142983443799176168212532694801725203867730.268.329.420.25559.0-1.75.5

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1995 JAM A- 63 265 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 FAY A 138 601 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 LAK A+ 0 578 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DET MLB 7 26 .185 .253 .317 .410 .253 .238 96 -2.1 0.7 -0.3 -0.1 0.0 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
1998 JAX AA 0 618 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .347 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DET MLB 130 468 .256 .274 .345 .434 .263 .256 99 -2.5 13.1 0.5 -3.6 5.0 13.2 0.9 13.2 0.9
1999 TOL AAA 0 63 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TEX MLB 116 491 .271 .270 .340 .436 .260 .319 101 6.3 13.9 -0.7 2.2 0.2 21.4 2.2 21.4 2.2
2000 TUL AA 0 13 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .667 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 OKL AAA 0 12 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TEX MLB 134 556 .268 .265 .329 .427 .260 .278 105 4.7 15.2 1.4 -4.9 0.6 20.2 1.5 20.2 1.5
2001 TUL AA 5 21 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 COL MLB 40 128 .249 .258 .325 .408 .258 .372 119 -1.6 3.2 -1.1 0.5 -0.5 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2002 TEX MLB 72 214 .231 .262 .325 .417 .261 .302 108 -6.6 5.7 -0.8 1.9 2.3 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2
2002 OKL AAA 5 20 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOS MLB 68 172 .259 .262 .330 .415 .262 .321 102 -0.3 4.7 -1.2 -2.0 -0.4 1.3 -0.1 1.3 -0.1
2003 COL MLB 39 75 .188 .252 .324 .403 .254 .306 111 -5.9 2.0 -0.5 0.2 -0.2 -3.9 -0.4 -3.9 -0.4
2003 LOW A- 1 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .667 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PME AA 1 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CSP AAA 13 45 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .240 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BOS MLB 136 310 .231 .267 .335 .427 .258 .308 111 -9.8 9.2 -2.7 3.4 1.1 -3.5 -0.0 -3.5 -0.0
2005 BOS MLB 36 104 .253 .265 .326 .416 .260 .280 105 -0.8 3.0 -0.6 1.3 -0.2 1.9 0.3 1.9 0.3
2005 LOW A- 2 9 .147 .263 .341 .373 .258 .200 107 -1.1 0.3 -0.2 0.0 -0.4 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2005 PAW AAA 6 22 .526 .269 .330 .419 .242 .706 110 6.9 0.7 0 0.5 0.2 7.6 0.7 7.6 0.7
2006 BOS MLB 72 147 .259 .272 .340 .435 .260 .274 105 -0.1 4.4 -0.9 0.4 1.8 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2006 PME AA 3 11 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 PAW AAA 4 16 .157 .286 .343 .424 .278 .273 85 -1.8 0.5 -0.2 -0.3 -0.0 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2008 MIL MLB 96 245 .291 .258 .330 .412 .262 .333 99 8.2 7.1 -0.4 -0.6 -0.9 13.6 1.3 13.6 1.3
2009 TBA MLB 99 238 .255 .259 .329 .411 .255 .255 105 -1.2 6.8 -1.8 1.2 -3.2 -0.2 0.1 -0.2 0.1
2010 TBA MLB 59 140 .218 .254 .320 .394 .251 .242 106 -6 3.9 -1.2 -1.5 -0.9 -5.9 -0.8 -5.9 -0.8
2010 PCH A+ 4 14 .147 .234 .309 .330 .245 .100 92 -1.7 0.4 -0.1 -0.1 0.3 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1995 JAM A- 265 38 68 19 4 4 34 23 37 1 2 .288 .356 .453 .165 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 FAY A 601 81 157 45 0 26 99 62 73 14 4 .300 .379 .534 .235 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 LAK A+ 578 87 153 40 6 19 87 54 68 8 6 .295 .367 .505 .210 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 JAX AA 618 113 176 47 6 28 146 66 93 6 4 .322 .400 .583 .261 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DET MLB 26 3 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 2 0 .200 .231 .280 .080 .185 -1.0 -0.1 -0.1
1999 TOL AAA 63 11 17 6 2 3 14 9 10 0 1 .315 .413 .667 .352 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DET MLB 468 60 102 22 4 18 49 42 74 11 5 .245 .315 .447 .202 .256 13.2 -3.6 0.9
2000 OKL AAA 12 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TUL AA 13 3 7 0 0 1 4 1 2 0 0 .583 .615 .833 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TEX MLB 491 59 134 32 1 14 66 42 57 8 4 .302 .360 .473 .171 .271 21.4 2.2 2.2
2001 TUL AA 21 2 5 1 0 0 0 6 1 0 1 .333 .524 .400 .067 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TEX MLB 556 77 129 29 1 17 72 61 70 23 6 .267 .348 .437 .170 .268 20.2 -4.9 1.5
2002 COL MLB 128 12 37 4 3 2 17 8 23 6 2 .311 .359 .445 .134 .249 -1.2 0.5 -0.1
2002 TEX MLB 214 25 51 12 1 0 17 8 30 5 2 .260 .285 .332 .071 .231 0.1 1.9 0.2
2002 OKL AAA 20 6 8 2 0 1 5 3 2 1 0 .471 .550 .765 .294 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CSP AAA 45 5 6 2 1 0 2 8 10 4 0 .171 .341 .286 .114 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LOW A- 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .667 .750 .667 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PME AA 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .667 .333 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 COL MLB 75 10 15 2 0 0 4 8 18 2 0 .224 .307 .254 .030 .188 -3.9 0.2 -0.4
2003 BOS MLB 172 29 46 11 1 4 23 14 23 4 2 .291 .349 .449 .158 .259 1.3 -2.0 -0.1
2004 BOS MLB 310 51 79 14 1 6 33 15 49 5 4 .272 .311 .390 .117 .231 -3.5 3.4 -0.0
2005 PAW AAA 22 7 14 3 1 2 6 0 3 0 0 .636 .636 1.136 .500 .526 7.6 0.5 0.7
2005 BOS MLB 104 15 24 7 0 1 9 3 15 1 0 .247 .282 .351 .103 .253 1.9 1.3 0.3
2005 LOW A- 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .125 .222 .125 .000 .147 -1.4 0.0 -0.1
2006 PME AA 11 2 4 3 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 .400 .455 .900 .500 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 BOS MLB 147 21 33 7 0 2 12 14 15 1 1 .254 .340 .354 .100 .259 3.0 0.4 0.3
2006 PAW AAA 16 0 3 1 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 .200 .250 .267 .067 .157 -1.8 -0.3 -0.2
2008 MIL MLB 245 36 69 17 2 8 38 13 39 3 1 .301 .340 .498 .197 .291 13.6 -0.6 1.3
2009 TBA MLB 238 26 49 15 1 8 32 29 39 5 2 .239 .329 .439 .200 .255 -0.2 1.2 0.1
2010 TBA MLB 140 19 26 4 0 2 14 11 24 1 1 .210 .288 .290 .081 .218 -5.9 -1.5 -0.8
2010 PCH A+ 14 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .077 .143 .077 .000 .147 -1.1 -0.1 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 953 0.5226 0.4526 0.8698 0.5924 0.2967 0.9220 0.7556 0.1279
2009 971 0.5118 0.4387 0.8498 0.6278 0.2405 0.8974 0.7193 0.1502
2010 591 0.5144 0.4569 0.8704 0.6151 0.2892 0.9198 0.7590 0.1259
Career25150.51650.44820.86220.61140.27320.9120.74240.136

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-08-15 2010-10-13 15-DL 59 46 Right Ankle Sprain -
2010-06-12 2010-06-30 15-DL 18 15 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2010-03-21 2010-03-24 Camp 3 0 Right Hip Tightness -
2008-09-11 2008-10-06 DTD 25 16 Right Shoulder Strain Torn Muscle -
2008-04-14 2008-04-17 DTD 3 2 Right Shoulder Contusion -
2006-06-29 2006-06-29 DTD 0 0 General Medical Gastrointestinal GI -
2005-09-15 2005-10-08 DTD 23 17 Left Lower Leg Surgery Achilles Tendon 2005-09-20
2005-07-15 2005-07-30 15-DL 15 14 Low Back Strain -
2002-06-24 2002-07-16 15-DL 22 19 Left Wrist Inflammation -
2001-04-01 2001-04-22 15-DL 21 19 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2000-05-03 2000-06-09 15-DL 37 33 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 TBA $1,054,000
2009 TBA $1,000,018
2008 MIL $800,000
2004 BOS $750,000
2003 COL $3,425,000
2002 TEX $1,850,000
2001 TEX $450,000
2000 TEX $280,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$9,609,018
8 yrTotal$9,609,018

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 25 dPaul Cohen2011

Details
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/18/11 (minor-league contract). Released by LA Dodgers 3/31/11.
  • 1 year/$1.054M (2010). Signed extension with Tampa Bay 10/27/09.
  • 1 year/$1,000,018 (2009). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 1/12/09.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2008). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 12/20/07.
  • 2007. Managed Class A Greenville.
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 1/06 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Boston 6/06. Retired 11/06
  • 1 year (2005). Signed by Boston as a free agent 7/15/05 after being released from Tokyo club. Released by Boston 11/05.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2004). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 12/22/03.
  • 3 years/$5.6M (2001-03). Signed extension with Texas 2/10/01. $0.15M signing bonus. 01:$0.4M, 02:$1.8M, 03:$3.25M. $0.25M annually in performance bonuses. Acquired by Colorado in trade from Texas 7/31/02, with Rangers paying $1M of 2003 salary. Released by Colorado 6/19/03. Signed by Boston as a free agent 6/24/03 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Boston 6/28/03. Non-tendered by Boston 12/21/03.
  • 1 year/$0.28M (2000). Signed by Texas 2/00.
  • 1 year/$0.2M (1999). Re-signed by Detroit 2/99. Acquired by Texas in trade from Detroit 11/99.
  • 1 year (1998). Re-signed by Detroit 1/9/98.
  • Drafted by Detroit 1995 (57-1,487) (Moorpark College).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Back when in 2008 and 2009, he was still everyone's favorite Jewish bodybuilding fourth outfielder, Kapler creamed lefties at a .304/.379/.577 clip, making him a handy enough platoon player. Alas, his performance against southpaws collapsed to .206/.271/.289 in 108 plate appearances last season, and his playing time dried up after going on the DL in June for a hip flexor strain. He started just 10 times in the 40 games he spent on the roster after returning, and went just 8-for-41 before being felled by an ankle sprain due to a collision with Matt Wieters. A free agent, he's undecided about returning for another season at this writing.
2010 The world's most famous Jewish bodybuilding fourth outfielder enjoyed a great 2008 after coming out of a one-year retirement spent managing a Red Sox affiliate, but didn't fare quite as well in 2009. Which isn't to say he wasn't used as directed; Kapler started 59 of the team's 60 games against lefties and hit a robust .276/.379/.552 in 174 PA against them, but he rusted (.150/.190/.167 in 64 PA) against righties, where he'd at least been serviceable in the past. He saw much less time in center field than in prior years as well, an area where he could have helped given Upton's flailings against southpaws (.190/.302/.270). Signed to a $1.05 million extension for 2010, a nice price even given the Rays' crowded outfield.
2009 After spending 2007 managing Bostonís Sally League affiliate in Greenville, America's favorite Jewish bodybuilding fourth outfielder came out of retirement to sign with the Brewers. Cameronís suspension and Kid Gwynnís injury opened up a larger share of the center field job in the first month, and Kapler responded by pounding four home runs before Tax Day. Though he cooled off, he remained an effective reserve, particularly useful against lefties (.354/.379/.622) and in the pinch (.323/.364/.548) as well as covering all three outfield slots. Assuming he heals properly from a lat he tore in September, heíll make a handy bench player somewhere.
2006 After playing an important role for the 2004 champions, Kapler took a job in Japan for more money and more playing time. He played horribly and not often, and was back with the Red Sox on August 1. An Achilles injury ended his season early and will keep him out until May or June. Trot Nixon`s inability to hit lefties combined with the fragility and age of the team`s three starting outfielders opens up a potential role for a fourth outfielder who can handle southpaws, but the Red Sox won`t wait for Kapler, who was released in November. The women of Red Sox Nation will again weep over the absence of "Gabe the Babe."
2005 Seeing quite a bit of playing time while Trot Nixon was busy in rehab, Kapler didn't hit as well as expected, looking overmatched against right-handed pitchers. He still hits lefties pretty well and plays a decent outfield, but elected to sign on with the Yomiuri Giants for far more money and playing time than he was likely to get stateside.
2003 Not exactly a ďWTF?Ē season. Kapler was bothered by injuries all year, the most nagging of which was a sore left wrist. He has the arm strength and range to cut down the size of the outfield so heíll get 400 at-bats. He opened his swing when he got to Coors, as a lot of hitters do, but needs to close it. If he regains his patience, heíll revive his career. As Ron Shandler likes to say, once a player establishes a skill he owns it, so Kaplerís not dead yet. Heíll outdo that projection. If they play him, Payton, and Walker theyíll wind up with one of the best defensive outfields in the league.
2002 We're beginning to have doubts that Kapler will reach the heights weíve been predicting. Although he boosted his walk rate by 30% last year, his stiff, mechanical swing looks like it could be prone to the kind of extended slump he suffered in June and July, which marred his season totals. Kaplerís extra work with coach Reid Nichols paid dividends in center field; nevertheless, he is better suited for right and will move there if the Rangers can find a ball hawk to patrol the generous expanses at The Ballpark.
2001 The centerpiece of the fleecing of Randy Smith. I wouldnít have traded Gabe Kapler straight up for Juan Gonzalez, much less thrown in several other useful players as well. Kapler is a below-average but acceptable center fielder, and he had a couple of tremendous months in 2000 when he was healthy. Kapler possesses a very powerful stroke and is a good candidate to have a massive offensive breakout in 2001. If someone will give you odds on Kapler outperforming Gonzalez, take Kapler and cut us in on the bet.
2000 There is no greater example of how overrated the concept of "tools" is. What, exactly, is a tool? Is it something inherent and fixed--like height--or can it be improved with hard work? Kapler, a 58th-round pick who has worked as hard at his craft as any man in baseball, made himself a great prospect...and suddenly the Tigers were raving about how he had improved his tools more than any player they had ever seen.

Supposedly, the whole value of rating players by "tools" is that it helps predict which players are likely to improve their performance. But how can you predict future performance using tools when you canít even predict what will happen to the tools themselves? Kapler has created for himself tools such as power and speed.

His rookie season was at times inconsistent, but like other late-draft finds such as Jeff Conine and Mike Piazza, Kapler is a self-made player, and I fully expect him to continue working until heís a star. Heíll take Juan Gonzalezís place in Texas, and win the trade for the Rangers by himself.
1999 Kapler combined with Fick to give Jacksonville the most consistent minor league duo in baseball: no other minor league team had a pair of teammates score or drive in over 100 each, and Kapler and Fick did both for the Suns. Kaplerís story is well-known by now. A 58th-round draft pick, a fitness maniac (heís been the cover of a number of bodybuilding magazines), and now the Baseball Weekly Minor League Player of the Year. Heís a fine prospect, but thatís ridiculous, and proof that some people still rate RBIís over everything else (his 146 led the minor leagues by a comfortable margin). Like Fick, heís not particularly young, but heís ready, and should force Gonzalez to DH or off the team shortly.
1998 Solid outfield prospect. With the departure of Nieves, he looks to be in the mix in Detroit as early as 1999, depending on whether or not Higginson picks up Scott Boras as an agent. Could probably survive defensively in Tiger Stadium, but his lack of range would be rudely exposed in an outfield with a deeper left and right field.
1997 Kapler was a 57th-round draft pick in 1995, but his low pedigree hasnít kept the Tigers from calling him one of their top prospects. He was an intense weightlifter, but has toned it down since he was drafted. Muscle-bound players typically are injury-prone, but Kapler has been durable so far. If he stays healthy, he could progress very, very quickly. He has all the skills you look for in a young hitter and heís only 21.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)During your tenure at BP, What was your favorite article that you wrote? Favorite piece you edited?
(Dylan from Boston)
Probably some of the less serious ones. This, for instance: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19397. Or Internet Commenters Try to Trade for Giancarlo Stanton. I think about this one a lot: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15661. Wasn't the best, but was kind of a turning point, in terms of convincing me that it was okay to cut loose and have fun. My girlfriend gave me the idea, so I owe her for that.

Favorite edit is tough. I edited everything Sam wrote, and everything Sam wrote was great, but it was great when I got it. As an editor, it's always nice to feel like you made a difference in improving an article, and Sam selfishly robbed me of that joy by turning in such clean copy. Maybe Gabe Kapler's piece about "Giving Up the PED Guessing Game": http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21574. Gabe's raw copy wasn't difficult to work with either, but I encouraged him to write it and made a few useful suggestions, and it was a huge hit. Happy that BP played a part in introducing him to a larger audience. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-07-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sam! Saw Gabe Kapler interacting with you (and Benjamin) on Twitter. Have any other players admitted to listening to the podcast? (Big fan btw)
(The Wolf from Noggin)
No, but we don't care about other players, because Gabe Kapler is our favorite baseball player. We occasionally find out that some scout is listening, or some writer/podcaster/colleague who we admire, and it sends us into a few days of self-conscious tizzy. It's better for all involved when we forget that anybody listens to us.

It really is flattering, though. We are fully aware that we haven't got nearly the knowledge to hang with a player's knowledge, but it's nice to think we are thought-provoking in our search for more knowledge. (Sam Miller)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)wher do you see sean rodriguez fitting in tampa?
(mjk415 from elmhurst,ill)
The Rays seem to be bursting at the seams with talent right now. Joe Maddon has some interesting options when it comes to where Ben Zobrist plays, and who that leaves in the mix. If Zobrist is a second baseman, Rodriguez and Reid Brignac probably compete for the final utility spot and the Matt Joyce/Gabe Kapler platoon goes off as planned. If Zobrist is a right fielder, Rodriguez has a shot at winning the second base job.

The fact that he can play the outfield as well as the other infield positions certainly works in his favor if he goes the utility route.

Oh, and an aside to a reader whom I'll leave unidentified: the surest way for me to ignore any question you ever ask in a chat until the end of time is to complain about the pace of things in my chat. I'm not Keith Law firing off two-syllable answers, though I'll gladly give you one: GET BENT. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)I find it almost shocking that the Rays may indeed find a way to fit Hank Blalock onto the Opening Day line-up. Does it mean that Wily Aybar is on the "outs" or the last days of Gabe Kapler are among us, with Zobrist, Rodriguez and Joyce alternating spots?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
It's weird that Hank Blalock is probably going to find a roster spot with the Rays. If they have one thing in spades I would have said it was roster flexibility. Why you need a first baseman likely to OBP around .300 is a mystery to me. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you name some players you have interviewed who seem to be well-read? I don't mean players who read, I mean players who have likely read and enjoyed Hemingway or Faulkner?
(marmour from Corvallis OR)
Fernando Perez is an obvious answer. Gabe Kapler, certainly. I'd have to think about it a little to really pull out a bunch of names, but not because there aren't a number of players who are well read. Many are. There are some smart guys out there and a lot of plane rides -- bus rides in the minors -- and they don't all read comic books. Craig Breslow. Kevin Slowey. As I type, I find myself wondering what Lastings Millege reads. He struck me as being thoughtful when I spoke to him last summer, so he may be into things far different than what his image conveys. (David Laurila)
2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have two Jewish outfielders ever started a game for the same team, as Ryan Braun and Gabe Kapler have done recently for the Brewers? My Jewish friend in NYC thinks not, and advises the Brewers to bring Shaun Green out of retirement for the troika!
(Mr. Know from in Chica-GO)
I also noticed that when the Cubs were playing the Brewers, you had two guys wearing uniform #1 starting in right field. That has to be pretty unusual too. (Nate Silver)
2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)On the Jewish question -- there was an August 2006 game between the Red Sox and Tigers where Boston had Gabe Kapler and Adam Stern starting in the outfield.... and Kevin Youkilis (who's Jewish/Romanian and not actually Greek) starting in the infield. Alas, God apparently did not approve, and the game was rained out after four innings.
(Member of (non-Cleveland) Tribe from Medford, MA)
Just passing this on. (Nate Silver)
2008-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Will, I've got to ask about Prince Fielder, what gives? It can't really be because he isn't eating cheeseburgers, can it? It's just small sample size and his power will pick back up, correct??
(Otocinclus from NYC)
One would think. No one seems concerned, including Prince. Even if his power is off slightly from last year's high, I don't think we can make much of it. I mean, Gabe Kapler has a wad of homers. Are we going to revisit the wild steroid rumors or say it's because he's taken to the beer and brats lifestyle of Wisconsin? (Will Carroll)


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