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Gabe Gross retires

Apr 26, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

Gabe Gross

Gabe Gross didn’t have the most memorable major league career — I think I wrote his name as “Greg Gross” approximately 75% of the time I had occasion to refer to him — but he managed to hang around for seven years in the majors. And as I mentioned in my review for “Time in the Minors” yesterday, I have a new reverence and respect for anyone who even makes the majors, even if they never excel.

Gross at his best had some moderately useful on-base skills, but never so good that it justified a full-time job. His best season came as a platoon guy with the Brewers in 2006 when he hit .274/.382/.476 in 252 plate appearances.  He played for the Rays in the 2008 World Series too, which is more than most guys get to do.

He got a call from the Marlins two weeks ago. They were interested in signing him to a minor league deal. He agreed to do it on a Sunday, but the Marlins couldn’t get anyone to do his physical that day. Gross slept on it and changed his mind the next day, opting to retire.

If a good night’s sleep is the deal breaker, yeah, I suppose that means you’re ready to move on to new pursuits in life.  Happy trails, Gabe.

  1. APBA Guy - Apr 26, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    He played last year for the A’s, and seemed like a good teammate. Problem was, he had corner outfielder speed and Juan Pierre power. You’d see him and Rajai out there next to each other and, after you’d say to yourself “what a lousy outfield”, you’d think “Beane’s spending too much time on soccer”. Happy trails indeed, he’s young enough to do something new and fulfilling.

  2. mmason0071 - Apr 26, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Gross got cut in spring training by the pathetically weak Mariners. That should be a sign for any veteran that it is time to go sell used cars.

  3. Ick McWang - Apr 26, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    i watched gross that 08 season w the rays. every time he would get a start me and my friend would cringe but the guy was a great defensive right fielder. He fit the Rays in that he could work a count, draw walks, defintely could work a strike zone, to try to offset the fact he is a .239 hitter with only slim to moderate power. The guy made a few crucial hits and I loved him as a late game replacement, since his defense was very good, he could work the count of shaky relievers, and had decent speed on the basepaths.

    I wonder whether he is happy he took the baseball path or regrets not taking the football path (he was an auburn QB, and a real good one at that, but was drafted first round in the MLB draft….)

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