Kapler retires, named minor league manager

BOSTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Gabe Kapler announced his retirement from baseball Tuesday and was named manager of the Boston Red Sox Single-A team in Greenville of the South Atlantic League.

Kapler, 31, spent the last four seasons with Boston and hit .270 in 312 games. He started last season on the disabled list with a ruptured left Achilles tendon. He returned on June 16 and hit .254 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 72 games.


"I had ample opportunity to continue my playing career, but feel that I can give so much more as a manager and a leader," Kapler said.

Kapler played nine seasons in the majors with Detroit, Texas, Colorado and Boston and finished his career with a .270 batting average, 64 home runs and 302 RBI in 850 games.

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