Gabe Kapler is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in the major leagues for the Tigers, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and Tampa Bay from 1998 to 2010. After retiring as a player, Gabe is currently the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB) manager.
As a manager, he led the San Francisco Giants to 107 wins and the NL West title in 2021. Gabe has also been awarded Sporting News 2021 NL Manager of the Year.
Gabe was born on July 31, 1975, in Hollywood, CA. He grew up in Reseda, the Southern California town popularized by the American singer Tom Petty.
His birth sign is Leo. Kapler holds an American nationality and descent from Jewish heritage. As of 2021, he is 46 years old.
Is Gabe Kapler Jewish?
Gabe has never shied away from his roots and has two tattoos representing his Jewish pride and heritage. He has the Star of David tattoos on his left calf, and on his right calf, he tattooed the date of the Holocaust and the motto, “Never Again.” The baseball player is also nicknamed Hebrew Hammer, which signifies his frequent longball hits and that he is Jewish.
Gabe Kapler’s Family And Education
Gabe’s parents first encountered antiwar activists in Brooklynites in the 1960s. Later, they shifted to California in the 1970s. Gabe’s father, Micheal Kapler, is a classical pianist, whereas his mother, Judy Kapler, is a teacher.
For Gabe, his family is the greatest blessing aside from his baseball career.
Gabe completed his formal education at William Howard Taft Charter High School in California. Some prominent Taft alums are Ice Cube, Robin Yount, Lisa Kudrow, Jeff Fisher, and Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady). During high school, he showed his excellent agility in baseball, which gave him a scholarship for one semester at Cal State-Fullerton in the Fall of 1993, after which he transferred to Moorpark College in the Fall of 1994.
Short Career / Early life
Gabe Kapler was the 57th round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in the 1995 Major League Baseball draft and played with them for two years. Then, he played for the Texas Rangers next two years. The athlete was the first Rangers to homer in his first two bats. Yet, only in 2001, he rise to fame among other notorious sportspeople due to his excellent play result.
The baseball star played for the Colorado Rockies team for the following two years, after which he was with Boston Red Sox till 2004. In 2004, Gabe replaced Shwan Green for a $2 million deal and a $700,000 salary to become a member of the Yomiuri Giants team.
Moreover, Gabe performed for another Boston Red Sox team, but unfortunately, he suffered trauma in 2005 and returned to sports in 2006. However, he decided to retire from professional sports the same year.
After which, Kapler started his career as the manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2007 for a season. So, it came as a surprise to Kapler fans when he announced to play Major League Baseball in 2008 for the Milwaukee Brewers. Finally, Gabe signed the contract with the Tampa Bay Rays and ended his baseball career with them in 2010.
With his experience, Gabe was hired by the Philadelphia Phillies as their new manager in 2017. As a manager, he guided the team to achieve its best record since 2012. Despite that, he was fired by the team. After which, he became the new manager of the San Francisco Giants in November 2019, and as a manager, he has led the team to win the NL West title in 2021.
Whom Is Gabe Kapler Married To?
Gabe is not romantically involved with anyone as of 2021. However, he was once a married man, and he tied the knot with his high school sweetheart, Lisa Jansen, in 1999. The couple has two sons together, Chase Ty and Dane Rio.
But, later, the couple got divorced in 2013 when things did not go accordingly. Presently, Gabe has not revealed anything regarding his relationship status, so there is no information about his dating life right now.
Is Gabe Kapler Gay?
As a former recognized baseball player, it is no coincidence that he has been rumored to be gay. But, Gabe has not revealed anything regarding his gender yet. So, there is no official statement of whether he is gay or not.
Physical Appearance: How Tall Is Gabe Kapler?
Gabe has a height of 6 feet 2 inches and weighs around 86 kgs. He played in the position of an outfielder in his baseball career. Gabe is a fitness freak and loves to keep his body in shape, which one can see from his pictures.
How Much Is Gabe Kapler’s Net Worth?
Looking at his successful baseball career as a player and manager, one can only imagine that he has accumulated a hefty amount throughout his career.
Moreover, he had also appeared on the cover of several fitness magazines and was also part of advertisements. It is estimated that the net worth of a baseball player is approximately $30 million.
Other Interesting Facts and Trivia About Gabe Kapler:
When Gabe was eight years old, he was hit by a car and required therapy to overcome his fear of crossing roads.
Gabe and his former wife founded the Gabe Kapler Foundation, dedicated to educating people about domestic violence and helping women in abusive relationships.
Gabe also served as a coach of the Israeli national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier in September 2012.
Gabe also worked as an analyst for Fox Sports 1 cable network and worked closely with technology startup, Egraphs.
In 2015, Gabe was involved in a controversy where he received two emails from an accuser and her grandmother explaining that Kapler’s player had beaten her.
Gabe was inducted into Moorpark College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
He is also nicknamed “Kap” and “The Body” by the Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan.
He has around 65K followers on his official Twitter account.