I had ample opportunity to continue my playing career, but feel that I can give so much more as a manager and a leaderKapler retires, named minor league manager Dec 12, 2006
He's our leader, a guy that we look to win games for usVaritek placed on the disabled list Aug 02, 2006
It was special to have them give me the kind of support I really haven't receivedRed Sox recall Kapler Jun 29, 2003
Gabriel "Gabe" Stefan Kapler (born July 31, 1975, in Hollywood, California) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. He has also played portions of nine seasons in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall, and weighs 205 lbs.
Kapler was a 57th-round draft pick (1,487th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 1995. Of the 615 players on Opening Day rosters in 2009 who came through the draft, Kapler was the lowest pick. He bats and throws right-handed. In his first 11 Major League seasons, Kapler posted a .271 batting average with 80 home runs and 372 RBIs.
To honor his Jewish heritage, Kapler has a Star of David tattooed on his left calf, with the inscription "Strong Willed, Strong Minded" in Hebrew, and the post-Holocaust motto "Never Again" with a flame and the dates of the Holocaust on his right calf.