Mike Napoli
American baseball player
Mike Napoli
Michael Anthony Napoli is a professional baseball catcher/first baseman, who is a free agent.
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AP source: Mike Napoli, Rangers working on another reunion
Fox News - 20 days
Mike Napoli and the Texas Rangers are working on contract to reunite again, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press.
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Does baseball still dig the long ball?
ABC News - 26 days
Hey, remember the days when it actually used to be a big deal to be a home run hitter? Whatever happened to those days anyway? Mike Napoli would love to know. Chris Carter would love to know. Mark Trumbo spent months wondering about that. And they had plenty of company in one of the strangest free-agent markets of the 21st century. Of the 18 free agents who landed in the marketplace this winter after thumping at least 20 home runs last season, more than half -- 10, to be exact -- were still unemployed when January rolled around. Five of them still haven't signed. Of the five free agents who hit more than 30 home runs, just one -- Yoenis Cespedes -- found a team before he popped his New Year's champagne cork. And how bizarre was it to find the home run champs in both leagues -- Trumbo and Carter -- still unemployed in the third week of January? Then Trumbo finally went back to Baltimore. But...
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Cleveland doesn't offer Mike Napoli, Rajai Davis
LATimes - 4 months
The Cleveland Indians did not make qualifying offers to free agents Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis, two key players in their run to the World Series.  Issuing the $17.2-million offers before Monday’s deadline would have guaranteed the team compensatory draft picks if the players sign elsewhere. The...
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With Francona and Santana in Place, The Cleveland Indians Hope For Next Year
NPR - 4 months
The Cleveland Indians front office held its first press conference today since their World Series loss to the Chicago Cubs. Indians President Chris Antoinetti and General Manager Mike Chernoff say they are excited for the future of the team. Antonetti says the bulk of the roster will remain in place next year. The Indians have exercised options that keep Manager Terry Francona with the team through 2020, and Carlos Santana through next season. “The thing that gives us confidence is that we have the bulk of our roster returning. We do have some key decisions and some key free agents in Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis specifically, but the vast majority of our roster is still going to be here for the foreseeable future and that’s a great foundation to do into the off-season with.” Antoinetti says he is hopeful the team will re-sign Napoli and Davis for next season.
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On Baseball: Party at Napoli’s? Indians Fans Hope He Brings the Celebration to Them
NYTimes - 4 months
Mike Napoli, a free-spirited, 35-year-old former catcher, has helped lead three different American League teams to the World Series in the past six years.
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Welcome to Cleveland, World Series fans – sorry, you'll have to stay in Beachwood - cleveland.com
Google News - 4 months
cleveland.com Welcome to Cleveland, World Series fans – sorry, you'll have to stay in Beachwood cleveland.com Will this scene be repeated next month? Cleveland fans everywhere sure hope so. (Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer) (Lynn Ischay). Print Email · Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer By Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer Email the author | Follow on ... World Series 2016: Here's how the AL champion Cleveland Indians were builtCBSSports.com Johnny Damon explains his Indians World Series pickNew York Post Mike Napoli's playoff party reaches World Series againESPN (blog) Salon -Akron Beacon Journal -Canton Repository -WKYC-TV all 404 news articles »
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Cleveland Indians on brink as Blue Jays downed
Yahoo News - 4 months
The Cleveland Indians overcame the loss of starting pitcher Trevor Bauer to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 and move to the brink of a place in Major League Baseball's World Series. Bauer was removed with blood dripping from a finger wound after stitches to an injury sustained last week split open in the first inning at the Rogers Center. Veteran first baseman Mike Napoli was instrumental in the Cleveland win, doubling off Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman to allow Carlos Santana to open the scoring at the top of the first.
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ALCS: Indians one win from World Series after brilliant bullpen effort
LATimes - 4 months
Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli homered, and Cleveland's bullpen pulled off its most impressive feat yet in these American League playoffs, taking over after Trevor Bauer's first-inning exit and holding off the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-2 victory Monday night that moved the Indians within one win of...
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ALCS: Indians one win from World Series after brilliant bullpen effort
LATimes - 4 months
Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli homered, and Cleveland's bullpen pulled off its most impressive feat yet in these American League playoffs, taking over after Trevor Bauer's first-inning exit and holding off the Toronto Blue Jays in a 4-2 victory Monday night that moved the Indians within one win of...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Napoli
  • 2016
    Age 34
    On January 5, 2016, Napoli signed a 1-year, $7 million contract with the Cleveland Indians.
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  • 2015
    Age 33
    He played 35 games for the Rangers in 2015, making 91 plate appearances and batting .295 with five home runs, 10 RBI and a .513 SLG.
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    On August 7, 2015, the Texas Rangers acquired Napoli and cash considerations from the Red Sox for a player to be named later.
    More Details Hide Details Manager Jeff Banister used Napoli against left-handed pitching and played him in left field.
    Napoli struggled in 98 games for the Red Sox in 2015, hitting just .207 with 98 strikeouts, 13 HRs, and 40 RBIs.
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  • 2014
    Age 32
    During 2014, Napoli dealt with injuries throughout the season.
    More Details Hide Details Napoli broke his finger in an early season game vs the Chicago White Sox. Napoli returned, but finger problems and sleep apnea took him out of the lineup for much of the late season.
  • 2013
    Age 31
    He agreed to re-sign with the Red Sox on a two-year deal worth $32 million on December 6, 2013.
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    Although Napoli played more games at catcher than at any other position in each of his seasons with the Angels and Rangers, he did not catch a single game for the Red Sox in 2013, playing the field entirely at first base with a few games as a designated hitter.
    More Details Hide Details During Games 3, 4, and 5 of the 2013 World Series, with the DH rule not in effect per National League rules, regular DH David Ortiz played first base and Napoli was taken out of the lineup rather than moved to catcher. After 6 games against the St. Louis Cardinals, Napoli got his first career championship ring as the Red Sox won their 8th World Series pennant.
    In Game 3 of the 2013 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, Napoli hit a solo home run off Justin Verlander for the game's only run in a 1-0 Boston win.
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    For the 2013 season, Napoli batted .259 with 23 home runs, 92 RBI, and struck out 187 times that set a new Red Sox season record.
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    On September 15, 2013, Napoli struck out for the 178th time of the season, passing Mark Bellhorn to be the new Red Sox franchise leader in strikeouts in a season.
    More Details Hide Details Upon his franchise-breaking strikeout, Napoli threw his bat and helmet in frustration and argued with home plate umpire Ron Kulpa and was ejected for the first time in his Major League career.
    On April 22, 2013, Napoli hit his fourth career grand slam off of A. J. Griffin in a 9-6 win over the Oakland Athletics.
    More Details Hide Details At one point of the season, Napoli was tied for second in RBIs with Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder.
  • 2012
    Age 30
    On December 3, 2012, Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with the Boston Red Sox, pending a physical examination.
    More Details Hide Details Following a six-week period during which the status of the deal was in question after his physical showed signs of a hip issue, Napoli came to terms with the Red Sox on a one-year, $5 million deal with incentives that could make the deal worth $13 million. The incentives were to stay on the active roster for at least 165 days (which Napoli achieved), or get up to 625 plate appearances with at least 120 days on the roster.
    On February 11, 2012, Napoli signed a one-year, $9.4 million deal to avoid arbitration with the Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details Napoli filed for $11.5 million, but the Rangers countered with $8.3 million. He received the second highest raise for anyone in their third or fourth time through the arbitration process, with Prince Fielder taking the top spot. He became a free agent after the season.
  • 2011
    Age 29
    In Game 5 of the 2011 World Series, he hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead.
    More Details Hide Details The Rangers held on to win and take a 3-games-to-2 lead in the series, though they eventually lost the World Series Championship to the St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    Napoli also became the Angels all-time leader in home runs by a catcher during the 2010 season.
    More Details Hide Details On January 21, Napoli was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with outfielder Juan Rivera in exchange for outfielder Vernon Wells. Four days later, he was traded by the Blue Jays to the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitcher Frank Francisco. On May 29, he was involved in a controversial game-ending play at home plate in the ninth inning in a game against the Kansas City Royals. Napoli was at first and Elvis Andrus was up against Joakim Soria. Andrus hit a shot past Eric Hosmer that got into right field. Napoli was sent home by the third-base coach. Hosmer threw the ball to the plate. Brayan Pena tagged Napoli on the upper shoulder, but Napoli was called safe by the home-plate umpire, giving the Rangers a walk-off win. Pena was enraged and arguing with the umpires with manager Ned Yost. Replays showed that Pena did not block the plate, but tagged Napoli, who got his feet in just before the tag. In his first season with the Rangers he batted .320 with 30 home runs (10th in the American League) and 75 RBIs, while improving his defense (throwing out 36% of base-stealers; 4th-best in the league). He had a .631 slugging percentage in 369 at bats.
    In 2010, Napoli's role at DH seemed to be reduced as the Angels signed Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui.
    More Details Hide Details He went into spring training with a bigger glove and worked on fundamentals in hopes of getting more playing time as a catcher. However, Napoli wound up playing the majority of the season at first base. He made his first major league start at first base on May 30, after regular first baseman Kendrys Morales broke his lower leg in a walk-off celebration. With the loss of Morales for the season, and the return of fellow catcher Jeff Mathis from the disabled list, Napoli started 70 games at first base, posting a .989 Fielding Percentage. Napoli set career highs in several categories, most notably home runs (26). He was 7th in the AL in strikeouts (137), in 453 at bats.
  • 2009
    Age 27
    Napoli continued to compete with Jeff Mathis for the leading catcher spot in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He also started 18 games at designated hitter as teammate Vladimir Guerrero could not fulfill that role because of an injury. Still, despite his platooning of playing time with Mathis, Napoli continued to thrive at the plate. In his first injury-free season since his rookie year, Napoli set or matched career highs in virtually every offensive category, including games played (114), at bats (382), runs scored (60), hits (104), doubles (22), and Runs Batted In (56). He also finished the season with a .272 Batting Average and again hit 20 home runs for the second season in a row. On defense, he led AL catchers in errors, with 8.
  • 2008
    Age 26
    Napoli also posted one of the greatest individual post-season performances in Angels history during the 2008 American League Divisional Series against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park.
    More Details Hide Details In Game 3 of the series, with the Red Sox holding a 2–0 series lead, Napoli unloaded 2 mammoth home runs against Red Sox Starting Pitcher Josh Beckett, helping extend the game into extra innings. He then singled and scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning, preventing the Red Sox from sweeping the series.
    Napoli's production helped the Angels win the 2008 American League West Division championship, with an impressive 100–62 record.
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  • 2007
    Age 25
    Despite his impressive hitting performances, Napoli continued to share time behind the plate with Jeff Mathis, who had assumed the back-up duties after the Angels trade of Molina during the 2007 season.
    More Details Hide Details Unfortunately, the injury bug bit Napoli again in July, causing him to miss 28 games with shoulder issues. However, after fully recovering from the injury, Napoli exploded down the stretch, leading all of Major League Baseball with a .457 batting average in the month of September. For the season, Napoli tallied a .273 batting average and 20 home runs, both career highs. Napoli also amassed an incredible .960 OPS (On-base + Slugging percentage), which would have placed him in the top 5 in the American League in that category, had he accumulated enough at-bats to qualify for the league leaders.
    Napoli again was the Angels Opening Day starter at catcher, and after fully recovering from his 2007 injuries, began the season on a torrid pace, belting 6 home runs in the month of April.
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  • 2006
    Age 24
    Napoli made his Major League Baseball debut on May 4, 2006, against the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Park, and proceeded to hit a home-run in his first Major League at-bat off starting pitcher Justin Verlander.
    More Details Hide Details With solid offensive and defensive numbers, Napoli worked his way to become the Angels' regular starting catcher. In, Napoli hit .228 with 16 home runs in only 268 at-bats. Napoli began as the Opening Day starting catcher, and split time with José Molina through the first half of the season. The second half of the season was injury-marred for Napoli, as he suffered a sprained ankle on a game-winning play at the plate during the final game before the All-Star break, causing him to miss 12 games. He then suffered a strained hamstring only 5 games after returning, causing him to miss all of August as a result. For the season, Napoli ended up batting .247 with 10 home runs, despite appearing in only 75 games.
  • 2004
    Age 22
    Napoli played for the Águilas Cibaeñas of Santiago in the Dominican Republic during the winters of 2004 and 2005.
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  • 2000
    Age 18
    Born in Hollywood, Florida, Napoli attended Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Another notable Flanagan High alum includes current Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez. Napoli was drafted out of high school by the Anaheim Angels in the 17th round (500th overall) of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Napoli began his professional career with the rookie-level Butte Copper Kings, but sat out most of the year after suffering a lower back strain. He returned in with the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes before transferring to Single-A Cedar Rapids. In, he returned to Cedar Rapids, hitting .251 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI as the Kernels' primary designated hitter. He also started at catcher for 37 games. After being transferred to Rancho Cucamonga in, Napoli only played 47 games after injuring his right shoulder. In Napoli hit .282 with 29 home runs and 118 RBI, ranking seventh in RBI and ninth in walks in all of the minor leagues. In, Napoli was promoted to Double-A Arkansas, finishing second in the league in extra-base hits and fifth in runs scored.
  • 1981
    Born on October 31, 1981.
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