This came across the wires a couple days ago, but I thought it worth taking a moment to reflect on the career of former Brewer Gabe Gross.
Gross spent all or part of three seasons with the Brewers, between 2006 and 2008. He was acquired from the Blue Jays in the 2005 trade for Dave Bush and Zach Jackson. Brewers sent Tortonto Lyle Overbay and Ty Taubenheim in exchange.
Gross never really caught on with the Brewers, though he did appear in 210 games between the 2006 and 2007 seasons. During those two years, Gross hit .256 with 16 HR and 62 RBI. Gross appeared in only 16 games with the Crew in 2008, hitting only .209 with two RBI.
Gross was then traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for Josh Butler, who is currently pitching in Nashville. Gross went on to reach the World Series with the Rays in 2008. He appeared in 115 games for the Rays in 2009, hitting .227 with 6 HR, and became a free agent after the season.
Gross caught on with the A’s in 2010, and tried to make a go of it with the Mariners and Marlins this year, but it wasn’t in the cards.
“I just felt like my heart wasn’t into it,” Gross said Monday. “This and quitting football are the two hardest decisions I’ve ever made.”