31 Facts About Gabe Kapler

1. Gabe Kapler was in high school in the 1990s, meaning he just missed taking gym class or geometry with a trio of rap stars that were all iconic in their own way in the 90s: Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and Danny Boy O'Connor.

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2. Gabe Kapler set single-season league records for RBI and extra-bases that still stand in the Sally League today.

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3. Gabe Kapler was selected by the Tigers in the 57th round of the 1995 draft.

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4. Gabe Kapler played for six teams in his 12-year big league career, but that career began with the Detroit Tigers.

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5. Gabe Kapler comes to Philadelphia from the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he's worked in the front office as the director of player development for the last three years.

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6. Gabe Kapler attributed the mix-up to miscommunication between the dugout and the bullpen.

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7. Gabe Kapler intended to replace starter Vince Velasquez with Hoby Milner, but Milner had not thrown a single warm-up pitch because no one had told him to get loose.

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8. Gabe Kapler was the unanimous winner of the 2008 Jewish Comeback Player of the Year award.

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9. Gabe Kapler is Jewish, and to honor his heritage, 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.

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10. Gabe Kapler had his theme for the season inscribed on t-shirts that were given out to each of his players: "Be Bold.

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11. Gabe Kapler worked as a writer and analyst at Baseball Prospectus, which is devoted to the sabermetric baseball analysis.

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12. Gabe Kapler coached for the Israeli national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier in September 2012.

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13. On January 18, 2011, Gabe Kapler signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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14. On January 12, 2009, Gabe Kapler signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays for $1,000,018.

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15. Gabe Kapler was mentioned as a candidate for, but did not win, the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award.

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16. Gabe Kapler served the Boston Red Sox as manager of their Single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive, for one season in 2007.

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17. Gabe Kapler announced his retirement from professional baseball on December 12, 2006.

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18. In September 2005, Gabe Kapler ruptured his left Achilles tendon while running the bases on what turned out to be a home run by teammate Tony Graffanino.

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19. Gabe Kapler was re-signed by the Red Sox in July 2005, just a few hours after clearing Japanese Central League waivers.

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20. Gabe Kapler joined an exclusive club, as one of the nine players who were on the field when the Red Sox won their first title in 86 years.

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21. Gabe Kapler made his Major League debut in 1998 at the age of 22.

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22. Gabe Kapler was signed by scout Dennis Lieberthal, the father of former Phillie Mike Lieberthal, after being offered a $10,000 signing bonus.

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23. Gabe Kapler was a 57th-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers in the 1995 Major League Baseball draft.

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24. Gabe Kapler was inducted into the Moorpark College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

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25. Gabe Kapler attended Cal State-Fullerton in the Fall of 1993 on scholarship for one semester, before transferring to Moorpark College in the Fall of 1994.

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26. Gabe Kapler played shortstop, second base, and third base for the school's baseball team, hitting.

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27. Gabe Kapler was on the cover of several fitness magazines, and became renowned for being the focus of an entire K-Swiss shoe campaign before he had even reached the pros.

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28. Gabe Kapler is well known in baseball for his extraordinary musculature.

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29. Gabe Kapler lived in Tarzana, California, with his wife Lisa and children, but moved to Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, as he became manager of the Phillies.

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30. Gabe Kapler was named the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, beginning with the 2018 season.

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31. Gabe Kapler was a 57th-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers in the 1995 MLB draft.

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