|MLB Career Stats||2983||443||799||82||386||77||.268||.329||.749|
|2001||23||22nd in AL|
|January 26, 2011||Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent RF Gabe Kapler to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.|
|November 7, 2010||RF Gabe Kapler elected free agency.|
|October 19, 2010||Tampa Bay Rays activated RF Gabe Kapler from the 15-day disabled list.|
|August 16, 2010||Tampa Bay Rays placed RF Gabe Kapler on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 15, 2010. Sprained right ankle.|
|June 30, 2010||Tampa Bay Rays activated RF Gabe Kapler from the 15-day disabled list.|
|June 25, 2010||sent RF Gabe Kapler on a rehab assignment to Charlotte Stone Crabs.|
|June 12, 2010||Tampa Bay Rays placed RF Gabe Kapler on the 15-day disabled list. Strained right hip flexor.|
INJURY REPORT: Did not play again after rupturing his left Achilles' tendon September 14 at Toronto...was on first base in the top of the 5th inning, when Tony Graffanino hit a line drive homer to left field...running hard around the bases, Kapler tripped after passing second base...underwent surgery September 20...the procedure was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum.
PLAYING THE FIELD: Made 36 appearances (25 starts) in the outfield and did not commit an error...played 22 games (16 starts) in right field, 12 games (9 starts) in center and 8 games in left.
MORE 2005 HIGHLIGHTS: Upon signing with the Red Sox, was placed on the 15-day D.L. with a lower back strain...following rehab stints with short-season Single-A Lowell and Triple-A Pawtucket, joined the Sox July 30 and went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored in a 6-2 win over the Twins that night at Fenway Park...batted .381 (8-for-21) with a homer and an RBI in his first 8 games, then hit .211 (16-for-76) with 7 RBI in his remaining 28 games...in consecutive games August 6-7 at Minnesota, went 5-for-8 with a double, a home run, an RBI and 2 runs scored...his lone homer of the season was an 8th-inning solo shot off Terry Mulholland of the Twins August 7 at the Metrodome...was 2-for-3 with a double, 2 RBI and 2 runs August 10 vs. Texas.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Batted .314 (11-for-35) with a homer and 5 RBI vs. lefthanders and .210 (13-for-62) with 4 RBI vs. righthanders...hit .333 (11-for-33) with 2 doubles, a homer and 3 RBI as a center fielder...recorded a .321 average (17-for-53) and a home run with the bases empty and .348 (8-for-21) with a homer and an RBI when leading off an inning...was 2-for-5 with 4 RBI when batting with the bases loaded...was 7-for-19 (.368) with a homer and 2 RBI in 6 games on artificial turf...had 5 hits in 11 at-bats (.455) with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI when hitting the first pitch...went 7-for-16 (.438) with a double, a homer, an RBI and 4 runs scored in 5 games against the Twins...was 1-for-4 (.250) as a pinch hitter...78 of his 97 at-bats came batting 9th.
IN JAPAN: Batted .153 (17-for-111) with 3 homers and 6 RBI in 38 games with the Yomiuri Giants to start the season...signed with the Red Sox after being released from his Giants contract.2004 SUMMARY: In his first full season with the Red Sox, appeared in 136 games, batting .272 with 6 homers and 33 RBI...hit .295 (57-for-193) in his final 94 games beginning June 1 after hitting .227 through the end of May...made a team-high 59 starts in right field, started 9 games in center and 6 in left...led the team with 6 outfield assists.
KEY TO VICTORY: The Red Sox went 92-44 (.676) in games in which Kapler appeared in 2004, 6-20 (.231) when he did not play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Hit .317 (40-for-126) with 4 homers off lefthanders and .238 (39-for-164) with 2 long balls off righthanders...recorded a .311 (14-for-45) average with runners in scoring position and 2 outs...was 4-for-11 (.364) with 8 RBI with the bases loaded...was 2-for-6 with an RBI as a pinch hitter...hit .370 (10-for-27) in interleague play.
IN THE POSTSEASON: Started in right field in Game One of the ALDS at Anaheim, going 1-for-5 with a run scored...went on to appear 7 times as a pinch runner, pinch hitter or defensive replacement in 7 more games, including all 4 games of the World Series vs. the Cardinals...came in to play right field in the 8th inning of the title-clinching Game 4, and recorded the first out of the 9th, a fly ball off the bat of Scott Rolen.
MORE 2004 HIGHLIGHTS: Started in right field and went 3-for-5 in the season opener April 4 at Baltimore...began the season with a 7-game hitting streak, batting .296 (8-for-27) with 3 RBI...his 2-out RBI single in the bottom of the 8th inning off New York's Tom Gordon broke a 4-4 tie and gave Boston a 5-4 win on April 19...went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a pair of infield singles May 11 vs. Cleveland, his first homer since September 26, 2003 at Tampa Bay and his first at Fenway since June 29, 2003 vs. Florida in his 2nd game as a Red Sox...had 3 hits in consecutive starts (August 8-9) for the first time since his Sox debut June 28 (4 hits) and June 29 (3 hits) of 2003 vs. Florida...fell a triple shy of the cycle September 7 at Oakland, matching his season-high with 3 RBI...hit .317 (51-for-161) with 10 doubles, 5 homers, 26 RBI and 32 runs scored over his last 45 starts to lift his average from .239.2003 SUMMARY: Split the season between the Rockies and Red Sox...between the 2 stops, combined to hit .271 with 4 homers and 27 RBI in 107 games...signed with Boston as a minor league free agent June 24, 4 days after being released by Colorado...went 7-for-9 (.778) with 2 homers and 7 RBI in his first 2 games with the Red Sox, and finished at .291 with 4 home runs and 23 RBI in 68 games...saw action at all 3 outfield positions, including 30 games (25 starts) in right field, 25 games (9 starts) in right field and 8 games (7 starts) in center field...also made one appearance at first base...hit .302 (32-for-106) over his final 41 games, beginning August 12, including a season-ending 5-game hitting streak during which he went 7-for-18 (.389) with a homer and 2 RBI.
WITH THE ROCKIES: Hit .224 (15-for-67) with 2 doubles, 4 RBI and 2 stolen bases and 10 runs scored in 39 games with the Rockies, seeing time at all 3 outfield positions...went 7-for-15 (.467) as a pinch hitter...also played 13 games at Colorado's Triple-A Colorado Springs affiliate before his June 20 release.
QUICK START: Burst onto the Boston scene by going 7-for-9 with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs, 7 RBI and 4 runs scored in his first 2 games June 28-29 vs. Florida...in his Red Sox debut, went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a triple, 3 RBI and a run scored in a 10-9 loss to the Marlins...the 4 hits matched his career high set May 15, 2002 with Texas at Chicago...the following afternoon, went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored to key an 11-7 victory...the 2-homer game was the 4th of his career, and the 4-RBI effort was his 5th.
HEROICS: After entering as a pinch runner in the bottom of the 10th July 19 vs. Toronto, stole second, went to third on a Greg Myers throwing error and scored the winning run on a Trot Nixon single as the Sox prevailed 5-4...snapped a 1-1 tie with a 6th-inning solo home run off Bartolo Colon, giving the Red Sox a 2-1 win September 2 at Chicago.
ON THE DEFENSIVE: Posted a .932 fielding percentage in 61 games (41 starts) in the outfield...was charged with 6 errors in 88 total chances...recorded 5 outfield assists, 3rd-most on the club behind Manny Ramirez (11) and Johnny Damon (7).
IN THE POST-SEASON: In his first career taste of the playoffs, went 1-for-17 (.059) in 7 post-season games against the Athletics and Yankees...was 0-for-9 in 4 ALDS appear- ances against Oakland...started Games 2 and 3 in right field for Trot Nixon against lefty starters Barry Zito and Ted Lilly...was 1-for-8 in 3 ALCS games against New York...started Games 1 and 2 in center field for the injured Johnny Damon, and collected his lone post-season hit leading off the top of the first in Game 2, an infield single to shortstop off Andy Pettitte.2002 Split the year between Texas and Colorado, dealt to the Rockies on July 31...combined to bat .279 with 2 homers and 34 RBI in 112 games...added a career-best 10 outfield assists (7 with Texas, 3 with Colorado)...tied his 1999 career high with 4 triples...had 19 multi-hit games, including 2 games with 3 hits and 2 games with 4...began the year hitting safely in 6 of 7 with Texas, going 9-for-24 (.375)...batted just .233 (10-for-43) the rest of the month, and the slump continued into early May, when Kapler hit only .111 (3-for-27) in his first 11 games...rebounded to hit safely in a season-high 8 games in a row May 14-22 at a .400 (12-for-30) clip...recorded a career-high 4 hits May 15 vs. the White Sox and September 8 vs. San Diego...was placed on the 15-day D.L. June 24 with tendinitis in his left wrist...activated from the D.L. July 16, he batted .240 (6-for-25) in his final 13 games as a Ranger before the trade...following the deal, hit safely in 7 of his first 8 as a Rockie...saw action in 40 of the Rockies final 55 games, batting .311 (37-for-119) with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homers and 17 RBI...belted his first home run of the year August 25 vs. the Mets, his first in 92 games (255 at-bats)...batted .347 (17-for-49) in August, the 3rd-best monthly average of his career (.381 in April of 2001 and .395 in September of 2000)...by the end of the month, had raised his average to .278 from .260...after committing 2 er- rors May 6 against the White Sox, played error free ball over his last 87 games...made 46 appearances in left field, 24 in center and 41 in right...made his major league debut at first base for the Rangers July 30 vs. the Yankees. 2001 Established career highs for games (134), at bats (483), runs (77), RBI (72), walks (61) and stolen bases (23) in his 2nd season in Texas...led the Rangers in steals, as he was successful on 23 of 29 attempts...had just one error in 344 total chances for a .997 fielding percentage, 2nd-best in the A.L...did not make an error in his first 97 games before his lone miscue, August 17 at Toronto...finished the season with 35 errorless contests in a row...hit .383 (36-for-94) in day games, 2nd-best among AL qualifiers...opened the season on the D.L. with a torn right quadriceps muscle, sustained while running to first base in a March 22 spring game vs. Philadelphia...was sent to Tulsa to rehab April 17 and was activated April 22...batted .388 (19-for-49) with 9 RBI in his first 13 games, including a 10-game hitting streak April 27-May 8 during which he hit .421 (16-for-38)...belted his first career grand slam to start the streak April 27 at Cleveland...batting .333 on May 30, Gabe hit just .126 (11-for-87) over the next 23 games, dropping his average to .244 on June 27...was hitless in his final 22 at bats of the slide then came back to bat .331 (44-for-133) in his final 35 games...had 10 homers in his first 50 games, then went 35 contests without a long ball before going deep August 2 at New York...matched his career high with 4 RBI in that game...stole a career-best 3 bases August 4 at Boston...batted leadoff for the first time in his career October 2 at Oakland. 2000 After an off-season trade to Texas, batted .302 with 14 long balls and 66 RBI in 116 games...ranked 2nd on the club with 32 doubles...started 82 games in center field and 33 in right and tied for 2nd among AL outfielders with 4 double plays...tied Cleveland's Kenny Lofton for the league lead in outfield errors (10)...became the first player in club history to homer in his first 2 at bats as a Ranger with consecutive blows on Opening Day, April 3 vs. Chicago...tore his right quadriceps May 2 at Tampa Bay and was placed on the D.L. 2 days later...activated June 9, Kapler batted .328 (116-for-354) the rest of the way...from July 17 to August 15, he recorded a 28-game hitting streak, longest in club history and the longest in the majors in 2000...hit .375 (42-for-112) with 6 homers and 21 RBI during the tear, which lifted his average to .289 from .241...extended the streak with a hit in his final at-bat on 3 occasions...homered in 4 straight games July 24-27 to tie the club record for the 6th time...named A.L. Player of the Week for July 24-30, when he had an extra base hit in 7 straight games, one shy of the club record...did not play after September 23 due to a slap lesion in his left shoulder...received the Harold McKinney Good Guy Award from the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. 1999 Played 130 games for the Tigers and finished 3rd among A.L. rookies with 18 homers and 9th with 49 RBI...began the season with Detroit but was optioned to Toledo April 13 after starting the year 1-for-6 in 6 games...hit .315 in 14 games with the Mud Hens before being recalled for the remainder of the year April 28...hit his first major league homer April 30 at Tampa Bay in his first game after rejoining the club, connecting off Albie Lopez...hit .301 (66-219) with 12 homers at Tiger Stadium but .183 (36-197) on the road. 1998 Was honored as Minor League Player of the Year by USA Today Baseball Weekly, The Sporting News and USA Today after a monster season at Double-A Jacksonville that resulted in his first major league call-up...was named Southern League MVP, Tigers Minor League Player of the Year and Detroit's No. 1 prospect by Baseball America after batting .322 with a league-high 28 homers and 146 RBI (most in the minors in 1998 and most ever in the Southern League)...also led the league in hits (176), doubles (47), runs (113), extra-base hits (81) and total bases (319)...tied the league doubles record...finished 6th in batting...played in both the Double-A and Southern League All-Star Games and was recognized as MVP of the SL All-Star Game...was also named to the SL's post-season All-Star team...recalled by the Tigers September 19, he became the first Tiger since the inception of the draft in 1969 to be selected as late as the 57th round and reach the majors...debuted September 20 vs. Minnesota, singling off Benji Sampson for his first hit. 1997 Had another huge season, this time at Single-A Lakeland, batting .295 with 40 doubles, 6 triples, 19 homers and 87 RBI in 137 games...led the Florida State League in doubles and total bases (262), tied for first in extra base hits (65), ranked 2nd in games, 3rd in hits (153), and tied for 3rd in home runs and RBI...ranked 4th in the league in slugging percentage (.505) and tied for 4th in runs (87)...was named to the mid-season and post-season FSL All-Star teams...drove in 6 runs May 6 vs. Kissimmee...went 5-for-5 August 23 at Sarasota...in the winter, helped Honolulu to the Hawaiian Winter League title. 1996 Was named a South Atlantic League All-Star after hitting .300 with 45 doubles, 26 homers, 99 RBI and 14 steals in 138 games...led the league in hits (157), doubles (45) and extra-base hits (71)...was 2nd in homers, RBI and slugging (.534), and placed 5th in batting...played for West Oahu in the Hawaiian Winter League. 1995 Began his pro career with Jamestown of the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League...in 63 games, batted .288 with 19 doubles, 4 triples, 4 homers and 34 RBI...his 19 doubles were 2nd-most in the league, while he ranked 5th with 27 extra-base hits.