Gabriel Jordan Gross was born on October 21, 1979 in Baltimore, Maryland. He plays center field for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Gabe is 6’ 3” and weighs 220 pounds. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.
CollegeGabe was a starting quarterback for the Auburn football team.
Minor LeaguesGabe was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (15th overall) of the 2001 amateur entry draft.
Major LeaguesGabe was brought up by the Jays from AAA Syracuse on August 7, 2004. He was platooned, playing only when he would face left-handed pitching.
On December 7, 2005, Gabe was traded by the Blue Jays to the Milwaukee Brewers, along with pitchers Dave Bush and Zach Jackson, in exchange for first baseman Lyle Overbay and pitching prospect Ty Taubenheim.
He made his debut with the Brewers on April 4, 2006, and hit a pinch-hit home run to give the Brewers a victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Blue Jay’s strategy in 2008 was to have Gabe share time with Tony Gwynn, Jr. and Gabe Kapler in center field. However, Gabe’s defensive skills were not considered to be on a par with either Gwynn’s or Kapler’s.
Gabe was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on April 22, 2008, for pitching prospect Josh Butler, and is currently on the Rays roster.
PersonalAt the beginning of the 2006 season with the Brewers, he was given the nickname “the Southern Gentleman” because of his politeness and well-mannered attitude both on and off the field.