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Kapler Romanticizes About Tiger Stadium Finale

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LAKELAND, UNITED STATES: Detroit Tigers first baseman Tony Clark congratulates Tigers right fielder Gabe Kapler (R) who hit a home run off of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Pete Schourek during the sixth inning of the spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL, 02 April, 1999. AFP PHOTO Tony RANZE (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)

LAKELAND, UNITED STATES: Detroit Tigers first baseman Tony Clark congratulates Tigers right fielder Gabe Kapler (R) who hit a home run off of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Pete Schourek during the sixth inning of the spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL, 02 April, 1999. AFP PHOTO Tony RANZE (Photo credit should read TONY RANZE/AFP/Getty Images)

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By: Mike Stone

He had the hype, the build, and the promise, but unfortunately he was not here long enough to deliver it all. Gabe Kapler was a highly touted minor leaguer, who had a sterling minor league career. He was called up for a few games in 1998, but played a full season with the Tigers the following season and told me, “I was too focused on the next day’s game to really enjoy it, but I guess 18 home runs for a rookie was not too bad.”

 

Kapler fondly remembers Tiger Stadium, saying” it was like playing amongst the ghosts, with the likes of Ty Cobb and Al Kaline.” Kapler was fortunate enough to start in center field the last game at Michigan and Trumbull and his lasting memory was the last at bat. “Carlos Beltran was the batter and I remember all the flash bulbs going off, Kapler said, “It was pretty cool.”

 

Kapler played with 6 six teams during his career including the 2004 world champion Boston Red Sox. He is currently the Director of Business Development for Egraphs, which is a company that provides digital autographs and voice print messages to your iPad from athletes and celebrities. You can learn more about Egraphs at www.egraphs.com and check out the entire Gabe Kapler interview right here.

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