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Kapler wants a return

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  September 20, 2007 12:26 PM

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Itís one and done for Greenville manager Gabe Kapler.

Kapler informed the Red Sox that he plans to leave his post with Bostonís Single-A club in the hopes of resuming his playing career next season. Kapler led Greenville to a 29-41 mark in his first professional foray into managing.

"Managing was incredible for me this year,Ē Kapler said in a statement released by the Red Sox. ďI learned so much about baseball, about the young men I had an opportunity to lead, and about myself. Ultimately, the experience reawakened the competitor in me. I miss the battle. I still need to be on the field as a player."

The 32-year-old Kapler will begin seeking playing opportunities during the offseason.

"My body is as healthy as it has ever been, and I must take advantage of that," he said. "Managing was an important component of my development, and I am eternally grateful to the Red Sox for having provided me the opportunity to tackle a new challenge."

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